Lesotho - National AGOA Strategy (updated version below)
The Government of Lesotho (GoL) has decided to prepare a National AGOA Response Strategy with the overarching objective of improving and up-scaling the implementation of AGOA and establishing a diversified manufacturing sector in response to the anticipated extension of the existing AGOA agreement.
After 13 years of implementation of AGOA, Lesotho has managed to establish one of the largest textile and garment manufacturing industry in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), which has also turned out to be the biggest employer in the country. Until recently, it has consistently been the number one exporter of apparel to the US under AGOA among the SSA countries.
This achievement has been no small feat and the GoL is doing everything within its means to protect and sustain the industry, more so because of its labour intensive nature and largely employing women.