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Theme: Resource Mobilisation for Investment in Sustainable Energy Infrastructure for an Inclusive SADC Industrialisation for the Prosperity of the Region The Kingdom of Swaziland served as host and venue for the 36th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit. Known as the Switzerland of Africa, Swaziland comprises of magnificent mountain scenery with unique, ancient rock formations. Tourism serves as a vital contributor to the economy with cultural heritage, tradition and biodiversity as top attractions for foreign guests. Swaziland’s cultural heritage is deeply rooted in traditions carefully protected and sustained. Colourful ceremonies regularly take place in the Kingdom to mark the country’s special occasions. The two main rituals are the Umhlanga or Reed Dance, and the Incwala or First Fruit Ceremony. The Umhlanga involves young maidens dressed in colourful beaded skirts and accessories to travel to the royal kraal (village) to honour the Queen mother and perform traditional dances. The Incwala ceremony involves direct participation by the King and everyone is invited at the Royal Palace. King of Swaziland King Mswati III ascended the throne in 1986 at the young age of 18. Since then, he has dedicated the past three decades governing, directing and strengthening the Kingdom of Swaziland. He inspired the formulation of Vision 2022 as a roadmap for the country’s socio-economic development. As a monarch of the 21st century, he seeks a balance between continuing the legacies he has inherited and sustaining tradition while keeping in touch with the needs of the future and providing for the Swazi people. Swaziland Tourism Despite being the smallest country in the Southern hemisphere, Swaziland more than makes up for its lack of size with a hugely diverse range of attractions and activities. As one of the few remaining Executive Monarchies in Africa, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit. As well as the rich culture, the overwhelming friendliness of the people makes all visitors feel truly welcome and very safe. Add to that a stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country that are home to The Big Five, and you have all that’s best about Africa in one small but perfectly formed and welcoming country. SADC Summit 2016: 11

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