Maseru–The Ministry of Trade, Industry, Corporatives and Marketing (MTICM) in collaboration with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held a two day forum to review report of three sectors of government.
The spokesperson of MTICM, Teboho Tsekoa said that the purpose of the workshop was to validate the report of three government sectors which were under review.
She said in September 2011, the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture (MTEC), Health and Financial sectors were put under review.
Tsekoa said that UNCTAD’s Services Policy Reviews (SPRs) are designed to assist countries designed to improve their regulatory and institutional frameworks and utilise trade policies as instruments to advance national objectives and interests.
She said that SPRs intention amongst others is to articulate ways of ensuring the sustainability of the development gains occasioned by sector reforms and also to identify achievements, weaknesses and challenges in specific services.
She pointed out that this report has been developed in close communication and collaboration with the MTICM to meet four primary objectives.
UNCTAD amongst its other findings revealed that Lesotho has a low density of health profession and outdated legislation and legislative gaps.
However, Lesotho is reported by UNCTAD to have made a progress in the delivery of drugs.
The participants showed a barrage of criticism to MTEC in that the ministry is completely inept and therefore reflects a pure failure in its mandate.
Mathe Matsoso from MTEC said that the major hindrance to Lesotho tourism development is the marketability internationally. Matsoso said that Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC) is mandated to market local tourism across the globe.