The Smart Partnership Hub to Dialogue on Coalition Governance

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Maseru – To ventilate on the “Stable Democratic Dispensation and Sustainable Coalition Governance, the Smart Partnership Way”, the Lesotho Smart Partnership Hub will hold a national dialogue on the 12th and 13th November, 2014 in Maseru, the Capital City of Lesotho.

The dialogue will discuss a range of issues including, Civic education, Human rights, Media policy and Experiences of other countries in a coalition government. Other related subjects will evolve around Quality Standards, Technology and Financial inclusions.

The conference will call together government ministries, civil society organisations, private sector, labour, academia and the media.

Lesotho reverted to a coalition government system after May 2012 general elections that saw All Basotho Convention, Lesotho Congress for Democracy and Basotho National Party forming government.

The dialogue is held while the coalition government challenges are turbulent so much that the country elections that were due in 2017 are now to be held in February 2015, because of political instability featuring army and policy confrontations.

Lesotho Defence Force Armoured Truck at recent police and army confrontation in Lesotho.
Lesotho Defence Force Armoured Truck at recent police and army confrontation in Lesotho.

The Smart Partnership Hub was launched in Lesotho on November 8th 2000 by the then Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili who described it as a concept “based on sharing visions and values, ethical commitment, trust, transparency, and a sense of community and cooperative competition.”

The international dialogue process that Lesotho was a party to focussed on economic empowerment, cooperating to compete, managing technology, role of regulations, managing economic recovery as well as managing liberalization.

The hub was launched to concretize the practice of the smart partnership approach in Lesotho, which was, among others to document examples of the smart practices, encourage formation of new ones, and popularize the smart partnership concept and practice, and its attributes towards the development and attainment of a stable, prosperous and self-reliant Lesotho.

According to Mosisili the hub was established not to replace existing consultative structures but to ensure clarity of purpose for such structures, examine their contribution and, where necessary, propose innovative improvements to ensure conscious effort to contribute to the attainment of a competitive and progressive Lesotho.

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