January 15, 2020
Eswatini’s Minister of Commerce, Industry, and Trade and Acting Minister of Information, Communications and Technology Manqoba Khumalo and U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach agreed on the importance of securing telecommunications infrastructure and ensuring safe technology supply chains based on internationally accepted digital trust standards.
They express their commitment to safeguarding each country’s national security by excluding high-risk digital equipment suppliers.
Minister Khumalo stated, “It is critical that the data traveling across Eswatini’s digital infrastructure is safe. The Clean Network provides a trusted foundation for countries and companies to ensure the security of their most sensitive information. Eswatini is proud to be a member of the Clean Network.”
The country of Eswatini joins more than 50 Clean Countries, 170 Clean Telcos and many of the global hi-tech Clean Companies on the Clean Network.
Under Secretary of State Krach added, “Today marks an important milestone as we expand the Clean Network into Africa. Eswatini’s leadership as the first African country to join the Clean Network paves the way for expanded U.S. private sector investment and strengthens the joint security of like-minded partners in the region and around the world.”
Under Secretary of State Krach and Minister Khumalo further emphasized the critical importance of ensuring an Eswatini–U.S. partnership based on transparency, reciprocity, respect for sovereignty and the rule of law. These principles underpin the relationship between the two countries and will serve as a trusted guide in the vital area of digital security including 5G.