Sunday, Jul 22, 2018

13-07-2018, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): The Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Ambassador of Ethiopia to Djibouti, H.E. Shamebo Fitamo, this morning presided over the 4th IGAD-Switzerland Steering Committee Meeting in Addis Ababa with IGAD Executive Secretary, H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, and the Ambassador of Switzerland to Ethiopia, H.E. Daniel Hunn, at the high table and members of the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors in attendance.

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he Executive Secretary of IGAD Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim on the occasion of the 34th IGAD Committee of Ambassadors, which was convened today in Addis Ababa, commended the IGAD Heads of States and Governments under the leadership of the IGAD Chair who is also the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Ahmed Abiy in moving forward the peace process of South Sudan and normalizing the relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea. 

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IGAD Applauds the Launching of the Largest Free Trade Zone in Africa by Djibouti

 10-07-2018, Djibouti (Djibouti): The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in a congratulatory message sent on July 09 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti welcomed and applauded the “Republic of Djibouti on the launching of the largest Free Trade Zone in Africa on 5th July 2018”

 The message further continued as follows: “This is a clear demonstration of regional economic integration that the Member States have been working towards.

 Estimated to handle over USD 7 billion worth of trade in the next two years, the Free Trade Zone will house manufacturing, warehouse facilities, an export processing area and service centres that will create over 15,000 job opportunities. As H.E. President Ismael Omar Guelleh stated during the launch, the Free Trade Zone is a place of hope for thousands of young jobseekers.

 The importance of this Free Trade Zone extends beyond the IGAD region to the rest of the African continent as was well articulated by H.E. President Kagame of Rwanda who noted that it will not only serve Djibouti but wider regions of the continent. This was also echoed by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chair of IGAD, H.E. Abiy Ahmed, the President of Somalia, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the President of Sudan, H.E. Omar Al Bashir, and the African Union Commission Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who graced the launch occasion.

 The IGAD Secretariat is proud of this important milestone in regional integration and associates with it as it contributes towards the realisation of the aspirations of the ongoing discussions on the IGAD Free movement protocol and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).”

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09-07-2018, Djibouti (Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, in a congratulatory message sent on July 08 to the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed, commended His Excellency for His “wise and courageous leadership in committing to fully implement the Algiers Agreement and normalizing relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea”.

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27-06-2018, Djibouti (Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, is very pleased to learn that a high level delegation of Eritrean government has arrived in Addis Ababa for talks, which is a first since the breakdown of relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia almost two decades ago.

 Amb Maalim hails the bold initiative of the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed, taking the first step of proposing that the two neighbouring countries that have so much in common, should solve their differences peacefully.

 IGAD Executive Secretary also commends the President of the State of Eritrea, H.E. Isaias Afeworki, for positive response to the initiative.

 Amb Maalim is confident that the talks will bear fruit that will be appreciated by both the Eritrean and Ethiopian peoples and the region as a whole. IGAD commits to do its level best to support the success of the talks.

 IGAD congratulates the peoples of the countries who are the greatest beneficiaries of the new developments.

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