Swaziland: Unemployment Remains the Top Issue in the Minds of Swazis

Unemployment Remains the Top Issue in the Minds of Swazis
Unemployment

Swaziland was excluded from the United States Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at the beginning of 2015 and there are expectations that this will have an adverse impact on the economy and employment.  Also the continued unpredictability of the revenue derived from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) continues to be a major challenge for the government and its ability to address some of these issues.

According to the most recent Afrobarometer survey held in Swaziland in April and May 2015, one in two Swazis(53%) said that unemployment is one of the most important issues government should address, compared to (42%) in 2013 who stated the same.

Education (23%), poverty (23%), water supply (22%), infrastructure/roads (19%), health (18%)and corruption (17%) round up the top seven issues Swazi citizens would like the government to prioritise.

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