with Canada date back to 1966 with Lesotho’s independence from
Britain. However, even prior to this time, Lesotho enjoyed exchanges
with Canada, most notably within the Roman Catholic Church. These
strong relations within the Christian Fraternity continue to this
Lesotho’s first High Commissioner presented his credentials in
Ottawa in 1967 and represented Lesotho on a non-resident basis from
Washington D.C. Lesotho’s first resident High Commissioner arrived
in Ottawa in 1976. Lesotho currently maintains a resident Mission in
Ottawa with an Honorary Consul in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Since 1992, Canada’s High Commissioner to Lesotho has been resident
in Pretoria, South Africa with Canada continuing to maintain an
Honorary Consul in Maseru. Since that time, Lesotho has not been a
core country for bilateral Canadian Official Development Assistance.
In June 2003, Lesotho and Canada signed a Memorandum Of Agreement
providing Lesotho preferred access to the Canadian market under
Canada’s Market Access Initiative for Least Developed Countries. In
the same year, Lesotho exported C$8.9 million worth of textiles to
Canada, while Canada exported C$0.35 million in goods to Lesotho.
Lesotho and Canada have a friendly and productive relationship
particularly within the framework of the Commonwealth.