January 2018: The GDSA Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Kingdom of Lesotho has joined the GDSA as an Associate Member. Associate Members are countries that have formally requested to join the GDSA and have identified a Focal Point for Secretariat communications.
With Lesotho joining the GDSA, the number of member countries rises to thirteen member states. This number is expected to rise in 2018, following the approval of joining guidelines by the GDSA Forum of Ministers in 2017. Five additional African countries have expressed interest in joining.
Looking forward, the GDSA Secretariat will work together with Lesotho's Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture to kickstart work under the GDSA. A visit to Lesotho by the Secretariat is tentatively planned for later this year.