(IGAD - Addis Ababa) The Executive Secretary of IGAD, Eng. Mahboub Maalim met with delegates of IGAD Partners Forum (IPF) .
The meeting, which took place at the residence of the Italian Embassy in Addis Ababa and chaired by the Italian Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Raffaele de Lutio, brought together the friends of IGAD and was aimed to pave the way to practically implement the revitalization of IGAD.
Eng. Mahboub Maalim briefed the delegates about plans for IGAD to restructure the secretariat and the situation of the IGAD region.
Eng. Maalim emphasized the need to carry on study on three main areas
- Minimum integration
- The Structure of IGAD
- Capacity building
Ambassador Raffaele de Lutio, highlighted on the necessity to find "mechanism to materialize and work practically".
Accompanied the Executive Secretary were Ambassador Abdelrahim A. Khalil, Director of CEWARN, Amabassador Hiruy Amanuel, Director of ICPAT and Ambassador Abuzeid el Hassan, IGAD's liaison officer to the African Union.
Earlier the Executive secretary met with representatives from UNDP in an effort to mobilize resources and capacity building for IGAD.
"This is a comprehensive mission and valuable opportunity for the region," said Eng. Mahboub Maalim. "The need for IGAD to revitalize is stronger than ever. The future is bright and optimistic".