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U.S. Relationship

Traditional hut in Malealea Lesotho
Traditional hut in Malealea Lesotho

U.S.-Lesotho Relations

The U.S. established diplomatic relations with Lesotho in 1966, immediately following its independence from the United Kingdom. Post-independence, the country has seen a mix of rule by decree, coups, military government, and democratically elected government. Lesotho is a constitutional monarchy that faces challenges including poverty, income inequality, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the world. It is
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Traditional hut in Malealea Lesotho

U.S. Assistance to Lesotho

U.S. assistance to Lesotho focuses on reversing the devastating HIV/AIDS pandemic and promoting economic development. Since 2006, the US government, through PEPFAR, has committed more than $380 million to the bilateral HIV response in Lesotho. In December 2017, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) selected Lesotho to begin the process of developing a second MCC Compact. U.S. assistance also promotes trade
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Traditional hut in Malealea Lesotho

Bilateral Economic Relations

Lesotho is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Lesotho is the second largest exporter of textiles and garments to the U.S. under AGOA. The top U.S. export categories to Lesotho are milling products, vegetables, and machinery. The country belongs to the Southern African Customs Union, which has signed a Trade, Investment, and Development
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Integrated Country Strategies

The Integrated Country Strategy is the four-year strategy articulating U.S. priorities in a given country. The Chief of Mission leads the strategy.

Investment Climate Statements

The Investment Climate Statements analyze a variety of economies that are or could be markets for U.S. businesses and provide information on the business climates.

Fiscal Transparency Report

The Fiscal Transparency Report analyzes government transparency and identifies needed changes to improve public spending accountability.

The U.S. delivers COVID vaccines to Lesotho.

COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries

Since July, 2021 the United States has donated 1,228,460 safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses with the people of Lesotho. This includes 756,990 Pfizer, and 471,470 J&J doses. Of the 1,228,460 vaccine doses, 100% were donated in partnership with COVAX.

The United States is committed to leading an international and coordinated effort to accelerate access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to meet global needs. The United States is working with other governments and partners including COVAX, Caricom, and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to protect communities from COVID-19 and apply lessons from this pandemic to enhance health security now and in the future.

Learn more about our work Delivering Vaccines and on COVID-19 Recovery.

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