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About Lesotho

Lesotho, Officially known as the Kingdom of Lesotho is a Landlocked and enclaved country within South Africa. While it was also part of the British Empire along with South Africa, it has stayed as an Independent nation.

The economy of Lesotho is dependent and integrated with South Africa. While the primary economy is Agriculture and livestock. Manufacturing and mining also play a role in GDP.

Country Facts


Basic Details
RegionSouthern Africa
Capital CityMaseru
Government TypeParliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Official LanguagesSesotho, English
CurrencyLesotho loti, LSL,South African rand (ZAR)
Phone Code +266
Important CitiesMaseru, Teyateyaneng, Mafeteng, Hlotse, Mohale's Hoek, Maputsoe, Qacha's Nek, Quthing, Butha-Buthe, Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka
National DayIndependence Day (Oct-04)
GDP (nominal)USD 2.373 Billion
Ease of Doing Business Ranking122
Primary IndustriesEconomic history,Economic progress,Women in the economy,Natural resources.
Foreign Relations
Bordering NationsSouth Africa
Member of(African Union), ( Commonwealth of Nations)
Major ExportsGems & Jewellery, Fashion and Apparel, Food & Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar, Electrical Products, Live Animals and Animal Products, Silk & Textiles, Machinery & Appliances, Cereals & Pulses, Cosmetics and Accessories, Fisheries, Sea Food & Crustaceans, Automobiles, Vehicles & Components, Books and Papers, Plastics and Products, Fruits and Nuts, Edible Oils & Seeds, Retail & Fmcg Products
Major ImportsMining, Metals & Minerals, Silk & Textiles, Electrical Products, Machinery & Appliances, Automobiles, Vehicles & Components, Cereals & Pulses, Food & Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar, Animal Meat and Food Preperations, Pharmaceutical Products, Fashion and Apparel, Plastics and Products, Books and Papers, Retail & Fmcg Products, Agriculture & Farming Products and Solutions, Wood and Pulp, Dairy, Eggs, Honey, & Edible Products
Total Exports ValueUSD 0.917 Billion
Total Imports ValueUSD 1.881 Billion
Foreign Trade BalanceUSD 0.964 Billion (Deficit)
Foreign Relations with India
Trade Agreements with IndiaBilateral trade between the two countries is much below potential. Major items of Indian imports from Lesotho comprise wool, apparel and clothing accessories, while major items of Indian exports include pharmaceuticals, cotton, and machinery.
Major Exports to IndiaSilk & Textiles, Other Products, Fashion and Apparel, Cosmetics and Accessories, Building & Construction Products & Services, Ceramic Products, Glass and glassware, Gems & Jewellery, Mining, Metals & Minerals
Major Imports from IndiaPharmaceutical Products, Silk & Textiles, Mining, Metals & Minerals, Books and Papers, Rubber and Products, Machinery & Appliances, Chemical Products, Electrical Products, Plastics and Products, Automobiles, Vehicles & Components, Instruments & Optical Solutions, Other Products, Ceramic Products
India's Imports ValueUSD 0 Million
India's Exports ValueUSD 15.06 Million
Trade Balance with IndiaUSD 15.06 Million (Deficit)
Indian Embassy Details for LesothoHigh Commission of India
H.E. Mr. Prabhat Kumar
Honourable High Commissioner
852 Frances Baard Street, Arcadia 0083, Pretoria South Africa

Embassy Details of Lesotho in IndiaLesotho
High Commission of the Kingdom of Lesotho
H.E. Mrs. Lebohang Valentine Mochaba
Charge d Affaires
E-7/2Vasant Vihar,New Delhi 110 057
41660713/14/15 (O)

Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Hyderabad
H.E. Mr. Surat Singh Malhotra
Honorary Consul
Namdhari Kunj, 8-2 -608/M/3 Road, No.10, Banjara Hills Hyderabad -500034
040-23370337 (O)

Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Mumbai
H.E. Mr. Kishorkumar Bhikhalal Virani
Honorary Consul
Karp Impex Ltd., GE-3051, G Block Bharat Diamond Bourse Bandra Kurla COmplex, Bandra (East) Mumbai-400051
02240608888 (O)