- Welcome to Lesotho
- Lesotho in the Commonwealth
- Lesotho joined the Commonwealth in 1966
- Lesotho became an independent country on the 4th of October 1966
- Lesotho has been competing in the Commonwealth Games since 1974, and has won three medals over this time
- Lesotho is a monarchy
- The Government of Lesotho spends more on education than any other country in the Commonwealth, relative to GDP
- The country has relatively very little forest, but it has been rapidly expanding its forest area – by 4% p.a. during 1990-2005
- It is one of six landlocked Commonwealth countries, all of which are in Africa
- It is completely surrounded by South Africa
- The country’s lowest point of 1,400m above sea level is the highest lowest point of any country in the world
- Through the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Lesotho exports water to South Africa
- The Lesotho flag features a mokorotlo, a Basotho hat, which forms part of the country’s traditional dress
Rt Hon. Thomas Motsoahae Thabane
Prime Minister, Kingdom of Lesotho
Lesotho is 30,000 square kilometres of beautiful, rugged terrain, rolling hills and clean, fast flowing streams. Set close to the Southern tip of Africa, the “Mountain Kingdom”, as it is affectionately known, has a big story to tell.
Completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa and boasting a tapestry of folding mountain ranges, the Kingdom of Lesotho has the world’s highest lowest point above sea level. This distinction has earned it a variety of endearing names: the ‘Roof of Africa’, the ‘Switzerland of Southern Africa’, the ‘Kingdom in the Sky’ and the ‘Mountain Kingdom.’
The Kingdom of Lesotho has trade links with markets in Europe, the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the United States of America under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
Endowed with water, diamonds and largely untapped tourism industry, the Kingdom of Lesotho is a destination of choice for the discerning businessman and tourist.
Come and enjoy our sunny summers and ski down our magnificent snow-covered slopes in winter, while at the same time enjoying our vast array of pre-historic and contemporary cultural heritage.
Let the Kingdom of Lesotho, a destination of a million thrills, SMILE on you.
Lesotho in the Commonwealth
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Strengthen the Capacity of the National University (2007/08)
The Commonwealth Secretariat assisted the National University of Lesotho (NUL) to develop a strategic plan and organisational structure (academic and non-academic). The NUL’s next priority was to implement the recommendation made on raising and sustaining the academic excellence of the university. The university also requested technical assistance to establish a centre for teaching and learning that would promote student-centred learning. The specific assistance required was a short-term consultant who would develop the policy framework for the centre and a long term expert for a period of three years, who would be the director of the centre. The Government of Lesotho also requested assistance for an annual contribution of US$30,000 towards the salary of the vice-chancellor to retain his position for a period of 2 years so that the changes at the NUL could be completed.
Change Manager (e-governance) Ministry of Education and Training (2007/08)
The Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho aim to have a well educated and functionally literate Basotho by 2020. To achieve this, research was conducted for the Government and an e-Governance Master Plan prepared. Based on this plan an expert was provided for two years and located in the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). The expert assisted the Government in meeting its targets for developing e-Governance in the three key areas of education management, teacher management and school management.
Lesotho General Election Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) (2005/06)
COG was invited by the Government of Lesotho to observe elections in order to assess adherence to procedures that ensure that the elections were held in a credible manner that upholds democratic principles, thus contributing to a more stable political environment.
Business Systems Analyst (2003/04)
The Government of Lesotho sought, with Commonwealth assistance, to maximise revenue collection through more efficient tax collection measures. The services of a business systems analyst to the Department of Sales Tax were extended for one year on a cost-sharing basis. During the extension period the analyst continued to develop institutional capacity in the Lesotho Revenue Authority, implement the computerisation of information systems for the authority’s business domains, develop the institutional capacity of the Department of Sales Tax and implemented an effective computerised information system for sales tax business domains.
Consultant in Insurance Industry, Central Bank of Lesotho (1997)
This Commonwealth funded project required the provision of a consultant to review current insurance policies, formulate appropriate legislative framework and produce guidelines for inspection and regulation of insurance companies.