Juba, South Sudan 26th April, 2016: The Executive Secretary of Intergovernmental Organization on Development (IGAD), H.E Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim wishes to congratulate the people and Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GOSS) on this momentous occasion of the starting point of the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU) and expresses his admiration and gratitude to the two parties including the former detainees and all other stake holders who have worked tirelessly to make this day a reality.
Addis Ababa, 17-03-2016: The Executive Secretary of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, in conjunction with IGAD Focal Point at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Mr. Berhane Fisseha Woldeselassie, this afternoon closed a two-day validation workshop of the IGAD Sectoral Strategies and Implementation Plans 2016-2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This validation workshop served as a platform to gather Member States officials from ministries dealing in the six following sectors: Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment; Regional Cooperation and Integration; Peace and Security; and Social Development. It is to be noted that the Sectoral Strategy of IGAD Gender Affairs – which is one of IGAD priority sectors on top of the five others above mentioned – was adopted by Member States during a similar validation workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya, on December 16th-18th, 2015.
During his opening remarks of yesterday, the Executive Secretary of IGAD started by reminding the member states officials about the adoption of the IGAD Strategy 2016-2020 at the IGAD 55th Council of Minister held in Addis Ababa on January 30th this year (read story). For the sake of time and efficiency, IGAD Council of Ministers delegated members of the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors to approve in the very near future the Sectoral Strategies and Implementation Plans 2016-2020 once validated by this workshop.
“The IGAD technical team, with expertise in the various priority areas and under the coordination of Ahmed Yunis, Programme Manager-IGAD Planning and Coordination, and his team, has performed well and with lots of enthusiasm thanks to the support you have been providing them,” IGAD Chief said.
Furthermore, Ambassador (Eng.) Maalim emphasized that the discussions on the sectoral strategies ought not to be seen as routine piece of work, but as an opportunity to make things differently. “This is also an opportunity to think ahead over ways of mobilizing resources for the Implementation Plans of these Sectoral Strategies 2016-2020in a timely manner”, he pointed out to.
Member States commitment to IGAD organization and regional-level programming are essential tools to ownership according to the Executive Secretary.
Mr. Berhane Fisseha lauded the remarks delivered by the Executive Secretary as very accurate to the prevailing overall situation and to specifics of the current workshop. “Things should not be difficult during this workshop as this is not the first time we are meeting for the purpose and as the overarching IGAD Strategy for the next five years was endorsed at a ministerial level” he said before wishing successful deliberations to the participants.
After two days of fruitful presentations, working groups formed around the various six sectors, consolidated reports were presented in a plenary session before a brief closing ceremony presided over by the Chair of the meeting and the Executive Secretary of IGAD who lauded the achievements.
As a way forward, the Executive Secretary proposed the sectorial strategies to be presented to the next Committee of Ambassadors.###
IGAD staff participated in a financial management systems training in Kampala, Uganda from 19-22 October, 2015 (for the first group) and 25-28 October, 2015 (for the second group). In total, 40 staff participated in the training.