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COMPACT II INTO FORCE  – PM 

Maseru, Apr. 02 — The Prime Minister (PM), Mr. Ntsokoane Samuel Matekane says the Millennium Challenge Account Compact ll is into force with effect from March 31, 2024.

The PM said this when sharing a progress report pertaining to the compact, during a press conference held in Maseru on Tuesday.

He explained that the compact’s  entering into force comes after receiving an implementation letter from MCC confirming and unlocking  300 million US dollars investment between  Lesotho  and the US government with effect from March 31.

This according to the PM means that a five years countdown has started, thus called the Millennium Challenge Account  team from top to operatives, to ensure successful implementation of the compact within the five years stipulated period.

“We owe it to ourselves to improve the economy through successful implementation of this compact,” he added.

Similarly, the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Justice Nthomeng Majara assured the nation that the government worked tirelessly for realisation of Compact ll. 

Among others, she stipulated passing of the  Appropriation Bill to allow budget presentation prior to March 31, as a sign of commitment in this regard. 

Meanwhile, the Agency has further established that at least 23 members of the MCA board are already in operation to oversee the undertaking of the Compact. Furthermore, more members are to be recruited as at least 55 members in total are needed within MCA to support the entire process.

Present at the presser included the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Dr. Rets’elisitsoe Matlanyane and other officials including media stakeholders.

The overall goal of Compact ll as outlined in previous meetings otherwise Lesotho health and horticulture Compact include assisting the country in unlocking  sustainable and equitable economic growth  in collaboration with the private sector by addressing key growth and constraints.

This is targeted to benefit 2.5 million people by strengthening and organising the private sector  in Lesotho and improving the government’s  critical services.

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