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eSwatini tightens its expenditure belt

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Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini on Thursday, 22 November 2018  unveiled a raft of austerity measures aimed at curtailing expenditure and reviving the struggling eSwatini economy.

Among the measures is that there will be no more first class air travel or allowances for civil servants or senior officers while undertaking international trips on duty.

“From now on, cabinet will weigh the value of international assignments and consider if or not they should be taken,” Dlamini told journalists.

The premier also announced a ban on the use of the tendering system for government procurement process.

He however said cabinet was yet to decide how government purchases would be made.

Among other areas, the premier said there would be no increase of electricity tariffs and other commodities.

This would be the case until the spending of government departments and parastatals are fully monitored, he said.

– APA

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