Mbabane, Hhohho May 24, 2024 ¬†–¬†Eswatini, a landlocked country, is fully entitled under international law to pursue maritime activities and establish its own maritime administration. This assertion of sovereign rights signals a growing trend among landlocked nations seeking innovative ways to boost their economies through international trade and maritime law.

Landlocked nations have historically relied on neighboring countries for access to sea routes, which are vital for overseas trade. This reliance has often resulted in high transportation costs and logistical challenges. Eswatini’s establishment of a maritime administration is a strategic move to address these challenges and enhance its participation in the global shipping and maritime industry.

The new maritime administration will be responsible for registering ships, enforcing safety and environmental regulations, and developing maritime expertise within the country. This will enable Eswatini to participate more directly in maritime trade, potentially leading to increased economic activity. It also aligns with the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which grants landlocked countries the right to participate in maritime activities. This international framework provides a basis for countries like Eswatini to enter into transit agreements and become part of the global maritime community.

While some critics have raised concerns about the logistical and financial implications of such a venture for a landlocked country, the potential benefits of diversifying its economy and reducing reliance on neighboring countries for trade routes outweigh the challenges. Ultimately, Eswatini’s assertion of its sovereign rights and strategic positioning in the global economy is not simply a symbolic gesture but a calculated move toward enhanced economic resilience and growth. As landlocked countries continue to adopt innovative approaches, their role in international trade and maritime sectors will continue to evolve, ensuring their place in the global economy.

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Source :Eswatini Maritime Affairs