IGAD, EU ink agreement for further cooperation

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the European Union (EU) have concluded a Joint Programming Arrangement for the support of the implementation of the third Phase of IGAD Strengthening Action Plan (2016-2020) and IGAD Peace and Security Strategy.

The Executive Secretary of IGAD Ambassador (Eng) Mahboub Maalim and the European Union (EU) Head of Delegation to Djibouti, Ambassador Joseph Silva in a statement said the agreements will support the East African bloc to improve its efficiency, effectiveness and productivity of its Secretariat and Specialized Institutions.

Ambassador Mahboub Maalim gave a hearty appreciation towards the partnership and enormous support the EU has given to IGAD and the continent as a whole through supporting initiatives and frameworks to assist recipient countries and their people to have better lives economically and a safer region.

IGAD through its increased institutional capacity will allow the Secretariat and Specialized Institutions to interact coherently, effectively and efficiently with Member States, Development Partners and other Stakeholders as a results-oriented organization.

On his part, Ambassador Joseph Silva thanked IGAD for the commitment and relentless efforts made by the organization despite the challenges to promote regional integration in the Horn of Africa and emphasized that these can only be realized through a well capacitated and functional organization.

He also underlined the significance of the Joint Programming Arrangement as a capacity building instrument for IGAD in order for it to continue its progress in transforming the region into a prosperous and peaceful one

By being an efficient REC; IGAD will be able to achieve peace and sustainable development in the region and its mission of promoting regional cooperation and integration to add value to Member States’ efforts in achieving peace, security and prosperity, the statement added.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

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