29-11-2017, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) resource mobilization event for the IGAD Regional Cancer Center of Excellence (RCCE) was hosted by H.E. Abdullah Alarjani, the Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ( KSA) to Ethiopia at his residence in the evening of the 28th November.

This special event was organized to advocate and popularize, and more importantly to mobilize the required resources for the IGAD RCCE, that is believed to benefit the people in the region and beyond.

H.E. the Ambassador Abdullah Alarjani has been in close consultation with IGAD Health and Social Development Director, Ms.Fathia Alwan, and the regional Focal Person for IGAD RCCE, Dr. Girum Hailu Maheteme reach a level of organizing a special event involving the Ambassadors of Arab Nations, the officials of the League of Arab Nations (LAS), and the embassy of Italy, the current chair of IGAD Partners Forum.

During the event, the following Ambassadors and delegates were present:-
H.E. Ambassador Abdullah Al Arjani,
Ambassador of The Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia( KSA)in Addis Ababa;
H.E. Ambassador Ghazi Al Mahri,
United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Ethiopia and South Sudan and permanent representative to AU;
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Wasfi Ayyad,
Ambassador of Kingdom of Jordan;
H.E. Deputy Chief of mission to LAS,
HE Abdi Wahab Omer;
HE Deputy head of mission if Italian Embassy
HE Guissepe Copoola;

 During the special event, IGAD presentation was made by the team members for the special event, on the IGAD formation, mandate and health program particularly the IGAD Regional Cancer Initiative. Discussions were held during the dinner meeting. The highlight of Business plan for IGAD RCCE was also presented to the Ambassadors and distinguished delegates.

Madam Fathia Alwan conveyed the key message from H.E. Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim and warmly thanked H.E. Ambassador Abdullah for hosting this special event and connecting IGAD and Its Member States, through this important cause of addressing the burden of cancer in the region, to all Ambassador's present in the dinner meeting.
The Ambassadors and the chair of the IPF reassured IGAD and the team to continue the collaboration and get the support required to materialize the regional cancer initiative, IGAD RCCE.