On September 1, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub funded a multi-stakeholder workshop for the Government of Lesotho through the Ministry of Trade and Industry on the formulation of a National Trade Policy. The purpose of the workshop was to make stakeholders aware of the country’s need for a comprehensive national trade policy document.
The workshop also encouraged dialogue on the thematic areas of the policy and assisted with the selection of technical working groups. Approximately seventy participants from public and private sector organizations attended the workshop.
During her opening address, Director of Trade Mary Motebang emphasized the importance of consolidating Lesotho's trade policies into a National Trade Policy. Representatives agreed to review all sectoral trade policies, legislation, regulations, and institutional structures to enable the Government of Lesotho to identify and fill all gaps through a single trade policy.
In his remarks, US Embassy representative Daniel Kobayashi emphasized USAID’s commitment to providing technical assistance to Lesotho in the development of the National Trade Policy as well as other activities that will improve Lesotho’s trading environment.
Photo: Principal Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mapulumo Mosisili and Director of Trade, Mary Motebang with participants during the National Trade Policy Workshop.