Former Lesotho's trade minister, Joshua Setipa

Setipa acquires top global post

  • 6 December, 2018

MASERU – Lesotho’s Joshua Setipa has been appointed to a newest body of the United Nations, Technology Bank.

The Technology Bank, a new body dedicated to the least developed countries which was recently operationalized, with the aim strengthening the science, technology and innovation capacity in the world’s 47 least developed countries, Lesotho included.

According to local experts, Lesotho is set to immensely benefit from the appointment of a Lesotho national and former trade minister.

“The country is not represented in most of the international bodies. The challenges are delays to reach those who can act appropriately most of time. Mr. Setipa was one of the Lesotho politician, as a result he knows the needs and challenges of Basotho well,” said Arthur Majara, an expert in financial matters.
Mr. Setipa has been appointment as the UN Technology Bank Managing Director at the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS).
According to Mr Majara, as the former minister Mr Setipa will always be sympathetic to Basotho and bring about the change he wanted to make in the country as a politician.
UN-OHRLLS was founded in 2001 by United Nations resolution 56/227. The current UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the Office is Gyan Chandra Acharya who was appointed in 2012.
The office has several roles for its client group. For the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries, it helps to ensure implementation of the program and supports the UN Economic and Social Council in assessing progress.
It supports follow-up of the Almaty Declaration and Programme of Action for Transit Transport Cooperation between Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries, and the UN Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. It carries out relevant advocacy and seeks international support for its client group with the UN and society generally and it supports consultation within its client group.

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