Simulating the Impact of Covid-19 on Formal Firms in Eswatini

Authors: Adrienne Lees, Giulia Mascagni & Fabrizio Santoro
Publisher: World Bank Group
Date: August 2020


MTI Practice Note 9I

Prior to Covid-19, Eswatini faced numerous developmental challenges with stagnating poverty and economic growth. Lockdown measures were introduced from 17 March, including schools closures, limitations on public and private gatherings, the suspension of non-essential travel within cities, and border closures. Economic activity has been damaged further by South Africa’s strict containment measures and the closure of some ports of entry with South Africa.