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The Embassy of The Kingdom of Lesotho in Washington will be closed on the following dates in 2014 in observance of the holidays indicated here
 
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Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho

2511 Massachusetts
Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC, 20008

Tel.: 1-202-797-5533
Fax 1-202-234-6815
lesothoembassy@verizon.net

Detailed Contacts

  THE  AMBASSADOR


H.E. David Mohlomi Rantekoa

In June 2008, His Excellency Ambassador David Mohlomi Rantekoa presented his credentials to President George W. Bush and took up the position of Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of Kingdom of Lesotho to the United States. Ambassador Rantekoa brings to the post more than 30 years of experience as a public servant, trade negotiator, advocate for good governance and strong supporter of private-sector led growth. His arrival comes at a critical time in Lesotho’s relationship with Washington, as new US-Africa initiatives are developed and bilateral and multilateral trade agreements move forward.

Prior to arriving in Washington, Ambassador Rantekoa served as the Principal Secretary of Lesotho’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he championed Lesotho’s economic interests in regional and global trade negotiations. A tireless proponent of free trade, Ambassador Rantekoa has been a leader in trade negotiations with SACU, Southern African Development Community (SADC), the European Union, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the UN Industrial Development Corporation, the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. His leadership in trade negotiations helped Lesotho to be selected to chair the group of 32 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the WTO Doha Round. In Febraury 2008, Ambassador Rantekoa chaired the meeting of LDCs that led to the Maseru Declaration outlining the group’s trade objectives for upcoming Doha Round negotiations. He was responsible to play a key role as the group presses its position at the WTO in Geneva.

Before joining the Ministry of Trade in 1995, Ambassador Rantekoa served as Deputy Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Finance where he helped to coordinate the government’s fiscal and monetary policy and oversaw the transfer of government accounts from Standard Chartered Bank to the new created Central Bank of Lesotho.

Throughout his career, Ambassador Rantekoa has held leadership positions at many of Lesotho’s key public enterprises and companies. He has served on the boards of Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC), Basotho Enterprises Development Corporation, Lesotho Sun Hotel, Maseru Sun Hotel, Lesotho Revenue Authority, Lesotho National Diary Board, Lesotho Highlands Development Authority and the Lesotho Electricity Company.

His priorities in Washington include working for the expansion of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), facilitating implementation of Lesotho’s $362.5 million Millennium Challenge Compact, promoting Lesotho as the global destination for ethical apparel sourcing and creating opportunities for Lesotho to develop its human capital through training and education.
Ambassador Rantekoa is also Lesotho’s chief representative to several South American countries and is concluding negotiations on a Preferential Trade Agreement between SACU and MERCOSUR countries of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. He is married with two daughters and one son.

 

 
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