EU Relations with the Kingdom of Lesotho
The Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Lesotho is part of the extended network of Union representations abroad placed under the responsibility of the High Representative / Vice President of the Commission with the duty to assist her in carrying out her mission of representing the Union and enforcing its external policy.
The Delegation's main task is to implement the Cotonou Partnership Agreement linking the EU Member States to the African Caribbean and Pacific Countries including Lesotho. The central objective of this partnership is to reduce and ultimately eradicate poverty through sustainable development, the progressive integration into the world economy and the promotion of the rule of law, democracy and human rights.
The main interlocutor for the implementation of the EU's cooperation with Lesotho is the National Authorising Officer (NAO), Dr. 'Mamphono Khaketla, Lesotho's Minister of Finance of Lesotho.
The roles and responsibilities of the NAO as per Article 35 of the Cotonou Agreement (see: Consolidated text of the Cotonou Agreement) include coordination, programming, regular monitoring and reviewing of the implementation of activities under EU cooperation with Lesotho.
Under the umbrella of Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, the Political dialogue takes place with the objective of exchanging information, fostering mutual understanding and to facilitate the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agendas. The dialogue is also to facilitate and strengthen cooperation within international fora and to promote and sustain a system of effective multilateralism. It focuses on specific political issues of mutual concern or of general significance at the international level.