17 ORGANIZATION OF THE STUDY The study is organized into four chapters The

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1.7 ORGANIZATION OF THE STUDY The study is organized into four chapters. The first chapter focuses on the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the study. The second chapter focuses on the structure of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. This entails the purpose of the Ministry, its different units and their 8
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functions, organizational structure. The chapter also features an outlines the ratification process of Swaziland using an organogram. The third chapter focuses on the findings of the study. The final chapter is the summary, conclusion and recommendations of the study. CHAPTER 2 9
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ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE Vision To advance the interests of Swaziland and Swazi’s Internationally, through enhancing national security, contributing to growth in the economy, employment and standard of living, assisting Swazi nationals abroad, strengthening global cooperation in ways that advance Swaziland’s interests, fostering public understanding of her foreign policy and projecting a positive image of the country. Mission Statement The mission statement of the Ministry is: “to establish and maintain international relations, and co-operation between the kingdom of Swaziland and the international community. To achieve this mission, the following will be done: 10
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(a) Develop and effectively administer a sound foreign policy on safe guarding national interest. (b) Fostering bilateral and multilateral relation and supporting international peace; Portfolio Responsibilities The portfolio responsibilities allocated to the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation under legal notice no. 194 of 1996, include the following: Coordinate SADC activities Political, international relations and co-operation Maintain constant dialogue with missions abroad Custody of international treaties and conventions Foreign policy Protocol services Objectives The Ministry’s objectives are: To strengthen and maintain diplomatic relation with the international community; 11
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To develop, implement and manage the foreign policy of the kingdom of Swaziland; Provide specialized legal support services and advice on international legal instruments; To build capacity in the missions abroad to be active in trade, investment and tourism development issues To shift focus towards commercial diplomacy Functions To carry out the abovementioned tasks, the ministry will undertake the following functions: 12
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Develop protocol standards and procedures and apply these consistently to enhance Swaziland’s foreign policy and foreign relations objectives; Establish and manage Swaziland foreign missions as external arms for realizing the objectives of Swaziland foreign policy and relations; Analyse and the keep the government including the general public informed of developments abroad as they affect national interests; Safeguard and promote the interests of Swazi nationals abroad and provide consular services; Ensure effective performance and efficient management of the Ministry, both at headquarters and missions abroad.
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