Past event

Research Event

Lesotho’s Domestic Priorities and Global Interests: Small Country Levers for International Influence

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme

Event documents

Meeting Summary
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HE Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, Prime Minister of Lesotho
Chair: Ian Lucas MP, Shadow Minister for Africa and the Middle East


The landlocked southern African nation of Lesotho faces a number of domestic challenges in 2014. Reducing reliance on the agricultural sector, containing the prevalence of HIV and improving service delivery are all important issues that must be addressed to ensure sustainable growth. However, social achievements including literacy rates and levels of gender parity among the highest in Africa, the country’s potential for electricity exports, and the booming relationship between its textile industry and the United States, could mean Lesotho is well-placed for future growth and development. 

HE Prime Minister Tom Thabane will discuss how his government seeks to address the Lesotho’s domestic issues and how the country seeks to exert its influence in the regional Southern African Development Community.