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Small Enterprise Development Company (SEDCO)

SEDCO is a public enterprise under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade established in 1970 to awaken, promote and support entrepreneurial talent with a vision and prime focus to create jobs and sustainable employment within the Small, Micro and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMME’s) and thus make meaningful contribution in the larger socio-economic development of the country.

Since establishment, a nationwide demand for SEDCO’s business education, training and consultancy services has been observed from active and potential entrepreneurs. Through our services, a substantial number of our clients have received financial support from local financial institutions. This is an indication that SEDCO is aggressively taking its rightful role in facilitating and guiding entrepreneurial activities in the country’s critical economic driver, the SMME sector.

Swaziland Industrial Development Company

Swaziland Industrial Development Company Limited (SIDC) was formed in 1987 as a joint venture between the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland and major International finance institutions (The DEG of Germany, CDC of UK, FMO of Holland, Proparco of France and IFC (World Bank). These financial institutions sold their shareholding in 2008 to Swaziland National Provident Fund (SNPF) and Intenueron Investment Trust. It is a private development company committed to supporting its customers with quality services in the financing of projects through equity, loans, finance leasing and factory buildings for lease.

SIDC primary corporate objectives are:

SIDC fulfills its role by promoting and investing in financially viable projects in the sectors of:


Women in Business Association:

Ms.Dudu Dlamini
Business Women’s Forum of Swaziland (BWFS), Mbabane, Swaziland


World Bank Group Doing Business Report:


African Development Bank Knowledge Management Products:


Swaziland Economic Outlook

Real GDP growth declined to an estimated 1% in 2017, down from 1.3% in 2016. Sluggish growth was observed mainly in wholesale and retail trade, as well as financial services, where output was hindered by reduced government spending due to ongoing fiscal challenges. Although agricultural output buoyed by good weather conditions following the El Niño–induced drought of 2015, as was agro-processing, the sector contracted, dragged down by livestock production, which suffered heavy stock depletion following the drought. Manufacturing bounced back in 2017, driven mainly by investment in textiles. Construction activity contracted due to limited fiscal space, which hindered implementation of public projects in 2017.