Lesotho Economic Outlook

  • The economy registered growth of 4.3% in 2014 and average growth of 4.9% is expected in the two following years.
  • The economy remains highly open and undiversified in both products and markets making it more susceptible to external shocks.
  • With higher rates of poverty, unemployment and inequality in rural relative to urban areas, spatial inclusion for the rural areas remains a critical challenge which requires urgent attention.


Southern Africa Resource Center (SARC)

African Development Bank Group
339 Witch-Hazel Avenue
Highveld Ext. 78
Centurion, South Africa

Tel: +27 12 003 6900

Mr. Kennedy Mbekeani, Officer-in-Charge

Key Facts

Capital: Maseru
Area: 30,000 sq km
Total Population 2015: 2.1 Million
Urban Population 2015: 29.02%
Female Population 2015: 50.66%
GDP: US$ 1.7 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2015: US$ 1,380
Inflation Rate: 5.03%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 27.47%
Human Development Index (rank / 187): 158
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): 0.461
Membership Date: 02/07/1973
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2015): UA 351.0 Million

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