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Canada-Lesotho fact sheet

Official Title:
Kingdom of Lesotho

General Information

Capital: Maseru
Population (million): 2.09
Total Area: 30,355 km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 10.87 Loti (LSL) (2021- 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 Sam Matekane

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Lejone Mpotjoane
Finance: Retšelisitsoe Matlanyane

Main Political Parties:
Revolution for Prosperity, Democratic Congress, All Basotho Convention, Lesotho Congress for Democracy, Basotho National Party, Alliance of Democrats, Movement for Economic Change.

Elections:
Last: 2022 (legislative-lower and upper house).

Economic Information (2021)

Comparative figures
Type Lesotho Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 3.12 2,517.75
GDP per capita: ($) 1,495.59 65,864.62
GDP growth rate: (%) 2.05 4.54
Inflation: (%) 6.05 3.4
Unemployment: (%) - 7.43

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2021)

Canadian exports to country: $ 605,006
Canadian imports from country: $ 10,350,027
FDI in Canada: -
CDI in the country: -

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Molise Paul Tšeole

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Christopher Cooter

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 figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Lesotho
Year Exports Imports
2017 $ 301,986 $ 9,435,546
2018 $ 353,481 $ 9,380,525
2019 $ 152,725 $ 7,420,321
2020 $ 150,884 $ 8,933,557
2021 $ 605,006 $ 10,350,027
21 HS Sections (2021)
Canada - Lesotho
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. - -
02 Veg. Prod. $ 35,288 $ 37,364
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. - -
04 Food Prod. - -
05 Mineral Prod. - $ 15
06 Chemical Prod. $ 55,871 $ 93
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $ 6 $ 1,129
08 Leather, Fur Prod. - -
09 Wood Prod. $ 71 -
10 Paper Prod. $ 29,789 $ 55
11 Textiles Prod. $ 76 $ 9,386,065
12 Dress Access. $ 91 -
13 Glass & Stone Prod. - -
14 Precious Metals/stones - -
15 Base Metal Prod. - $ 340
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $ 9,054 $ 921,464
17 Vehicles and Equip. - $ 236
18 Specialized Inst. $ 2,181 -
19 Arms & Ammunition - -
20 Misc. Articles $ 452,490 $ 278
21 Antiques - -


December 2022
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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