Factsheet : Lesotho

Official Title:
Kingdom of Lesotho


General Information

Capital: Maseru
Population (million): 1.94
Total Area: 30,355km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 11.0867 Loti (LSL) (2016- Annual average)
National Holiday: 4 October, National Day
Language(s): Sesotho (southern Sotho), English


Political Information

Type of State:
Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Type of Government:
The monarchy is hereditary. Executive: The leader of the majority party in the National Assembly is appointed Prime Minister. Legislative: Bicameral Parliament � the National Assembly (120 members) and Senate (33 members).

Head of State:
King Letsie III

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Thomas Thabane

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Lesogo Makgothi
Trade and Industry: Tefo Mapesela
Finance: Moeketsi Majoro

Main Political Parties:
Democratic Congress, All Basotho Convention, Lesotho Congress for Democracy, Basotho National Party

Elections:
Last: 2017 (legislative-lower and upper house). Next: 2020 (legislative-lower and upper house).


Economic Information (2016)

Comparative figures
Type Lesotho Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 3.00 2,026.59
GDP per capita: ($) 1,550.81 55,938.56
GDP growth rate: (%) 2.87 1.43
Inflation: (%) 7 1.41
Unemployment: (%) 0 7

Product Trade and Investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $67,172
Canadian imports from country: $7,754,970
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in Lesotho: $ million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Vacant

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Sandra McCardell (Pretoria)


October 2017
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Lesotho
Year Exports Imports
2012 $1,136,223 $9,065,450
2013 $48,491 $7,584,793
2014 $348,551 $6,249,105
2015 $1,451,111 $7,044,842
2016 $67,172 $7,754,970
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Lesotho
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $ $
02 Veg. Prod. $ $1,358
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $
04 Food Prod. $ $
05 Mineral Prod. $ $10
06 Chemical Prod. $ $
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $ $
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $ $
09 Wood Prod. $ $113
10 Paper Prod. $ $2,033
11 Textiles Prod. $ $7,463,167
12 Dress Access. $ $77
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $ $
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $
15 Base Metal Prod. $ $22
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $25,528 $287,969
17 Vehicles and Equip. $38,581 $45
18 Specialized Inst. $563 $176
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $ $
21 Antiques $ $