The Royal Science and Technology Park (RSTP)

The Royal Science and Technology Park (RSTP) was created through the vision of His Majesty King Mswati III. The Vision is well enshrined in the Act of Parliament, the Royal Science and Technology Park Act of 2012. The Vision is the first comprehensive effort to promote science, technology and innovation in the Kingdom of Eswatini. The aim of the RSTP is to provide steadfast support for basic research and innovation. In doing so, we provide a coherent approach to maximizing the innovation dividend.

The idea to develop a science and technology park started in 2007 with the creation of an initial concept. In 2008 a team of experts conducted a study to decide the feasibility of launching such a park. They completed the study in 2009 and found that the idea was feasible and that it would be a gain to the economy of Eswatini and therefore a master plan was developed in 2010. In 2012 the Swazi Government passed the Royal Science and Technology Act which led to the Royal Science and Technology Park being formed as an official institution.

The Royal Science and Technology Park is divided into two divisions which are the IT Park and the Biotechnology Park. It manages about 317.17ha of land, for which 152ha is dedicated to industrial development land and 165.17ha is shared between research and laboratories, administration centers and residential buildings.

The RSTP has been designated as a special economic zone (SEZ) which will afford unique incentives to attract foreign direct investments.

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