LESOTHO EMBASSY TAKES PART IN THE NORWEGIAN AFRICAN BUSINESS SUMMIT 2013

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Dublin intensified its efforts to attract Norwegian and Scandinavian investors into Lesotho by participating in the Norwegian African Business Summit that was held in Oslo on the 01 November 2013. The theme for this year's Summit was 'Breaking down barriers: How to succeed on the African continent". 330 guests comprising Norwegian business leaders, representatives of African Embassies accredited to Norway as well as business representatives from Europe and Africa attended the Summit.

              

The Lesotho Delegation discussing opportunities in Lesotho during the speed-dating session

The conference was officially opened by Mr. Børge Brende, Norway's new Minister of Foreign Affairs, who recognised great opportunities available in Africa noting the continent's unparalleled economic performance in the past decade and the prospects of Africa's economic development in the future. The keynote speaker was the Governor of the Nigerian Central Bank Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Other speakers included the State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry Ms. Dilek Ayhan, the CEO of Innovation Norway, Ms. Gunn Ovesen and the CEO of Shanduka Group Ms. Phuthi Mahanyele from South Africa.

 

Official Video Teaser of the NABA Summit in Oslo 1st November 2013

 

EMBASSY PARTICIPATES IN THE INTERNATIONAL CHARITY BAZAAR 2013

 The Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho along with other Embassies resident in Ireland took part in the International Charity Bazaar 2013 held in Dublin yesterday. The International Charity Bazaar is an Irish Charity run by the diplomatic and local communities in Ireland with a view to fundraise for registered Irish charities, to promote multi-cultural awareness in Ireland and to promote community support and co-operation.

 

Lesotho Embassy stand.

This year a myriad of made in Lesotho products were displayed and sold from the Embassy stand. These items included the ‘Mokorotlo hat', earrings and bracelets. Lesotho traditional food was also available for those who wanted to have a taste.

The event attracted thousands of people from all over Ireland.

 

11 November, 2013

 

Lesotho Cabinet Change

Maseru: The Office of the Government Secretary informs the public that, in accordance with Section 87 (7:d) of the Constitution of Lesotho, His Majesty King Letsie III, at the advice of The Right Honourable the Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, has relieved The Honourable Temeki Tsolo of his duties with effect from 17 September 2013. The Honourable Tsolo was the Minister of Trade, Industry, Cooperatives, and Marketing.

The public is also informed that in accordance with Section 87 (4) of the Consitution, His Majesty King Letsie II has appointed The Honourable Sekhulumi Ntsoaole as Minister of Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing. The Honourable Maliehe Prince Maliehe, (Member of Parliament for Teyateyaneng Constituency), has been appointed as Deputy Minister in the same Ministry.

Both assume their respective duties on 25 September 2013

25 September 2013

Lesotho Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations Press Office

NEW LESOTHO PASSPORTS

 

The Embassy wishes to inform all Lesotho Nationals that the Country has introduced new E-passports with immediate effect. It is the responsibility of every Mosotho to apply for these internationally accepted passports. However, due to unforeseen circumstances the Embassy is unable to start processing applications now. Currently applications for these new passports are only processed in Lesotho. We will let the citizens know once we are ready to accept applications.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

 

Lesotho Participates in the HNCJ Conference

A delegation from Lesotho participated in a global conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice held at the Dublin Castle on the 15th and 16th April 2013. The conference was hosted by the Government of Ireland under its presidency of the European Union and co-sponsored by the Irish Aid, The World Food Programme (WFP), the Mary Robinson Foundation, and others.

The theme of the conference was “Putting People at the Heart of Global Development” and sought to initiate dialogue  between policy-makers and grassroots operators in addressing the challenges brought about by the relationship between Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice. It is expected that the outcome of this conference will feed into the post-2015 development framework beyond the Millennium Development Goals.

The Conference was officially opened by His Excellency President Michael D. Higgins of Ireland, and was also addressed by other dignitaries including:

Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso

HRH Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso at the HNCJ in Dublin: 16 April 2013

Among the delegates from Lesotho was His Royal Highness Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso who is also a Member of the Senate and a co-founder of Sentebale.  

There were also representatives from the Catholic Relief Services in Lesotho who showcased their Keyhole Gardens initiative as an example of good practice in tackling issues of poverty, hunger, nutrition and social cohesion in context of a high HIV and AIDS prevalence. There was also a representative of the Lesotho National Agriculture and Farmers Union (LENAFU) and Action Lesotho. The Lesotho Embassy was represented by the H.E. Mr. Paramente Phamotse.

Catholic Relief Service Team from LesothoLENAFU Moteane

Motsoteng, Lehlohonolo and Rita showcase           Mr. Moteane represented the Lesotho

Key Hole Gardens                                                        Farmers Union                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

LESOTHO TAKES PART IN THE SWEDISH TOURISM FAIR

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho took part in the Swedish International Tourism and Travel Trade Fair, TUR 2013, in Gothenburg on the 20-24 March 2013. The Fair, which is held annually, is aimed at providing a platform for countries and companies in the tourism industry to promote themselves and to market their products in a quest to attract the Swedish travelers.  The Fair also gives the exhibitors the opportunity to forge trade partnerships through its match-making service.

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According to the organizers of the Show, more than 90 countries were represented in this year’s Fair. The event also attracted over 30, 000 thousand visitors from all over Sweden and abroad. This was the second time the Embassy participated in the Swedish International Tourism and Travel Trade Fair. In 2012 the Lesotho Embassy participated in a similar Fair in Norway. More information on Travel to Lesotho is available here.

 

 28 March, 2013

THE AMBASSADOR PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO THE PRESIDENT OF ICELAND

On the 05 February, 2013, His Excellency Mr. Paramente Phamotse presented to H.E Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland, the letters of credence accrediting him as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Lesotho to Iceland with residence in Dublin, Ireland.

 On this occasion marking the presentation of credentials, the Ambassador also had the opportunity to discuss with the Icelandic Government officials the possible areas in which Lesotho and Iceland could cooperate in the future.

The Ambassador was accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Moipone Phamotse and the First Secretary Mr. Nkhotha Machachamise.

 Ambassador with President Olafur Grimsson of Iceland 2

H.E Dr. Grímsson and Ambassador Phamotse after the presentation ceremony

 

 

19 February, 2013

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