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MBABANE - Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini has paid tribute to businessman Natie Kirsh for his role in job creation in Eswatini.

Dlamini, who was represented by Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Manqoba Khumalo, was speaking at the Royal Swazi Spa during the 60th celebration of Kirsh commencing business operations in Eswatini.

He said the country managed to retain its status in the African Growth and Opportunities Act through assistance from Kirsh.
“Kirsh continues to believe that no nation can advance economically in the absence of a vibrant private sector which is, undoubtedly, the engine of economic growth. We are grateful for the role he played in helping Eswatini restore the privileges of AGOA, thus reviving the local textile industry and opening up more job opportunities,” the PM said.

On a similar note, the PM said Kirsh had started the first textile institutions in Eswatini, following his establishment in the 1980s, of what was then the most advanced milling and spinning factories at Natex and Spintex.


The premier also said Kirsh’s contribution to the Junior Achievement Awards was salutary, in that many young entrepreneurs had been empowered.
“Perhaps the area of exciting intervention has been that of entrepreneurial education in high schools, through the support extended to the Junior Achievement (JA) programme. His Majesty’s Government is proud of the high level of entrepreneurship development and financial education that has been implanted on high school students through this programme.

“And to say it has unearthed an unmatched talent of business acumen among our students would be an understatement. Junior Achievement Eswatini teams have already won four African championships. Last month, the local team came second in Africa in the continental competition held in Ghana and came back home with a total of four medals of excellence, including the best student chief executive officer in Africa. This speaks to the calibre of entrepreneurship among our youth, which a programme like the Junior Achievement, with the support of many including Mr Natie Kirsh, has been able to nurture and allow it to blossom,” the PM said.

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