"Somalis are the only people who can solve Somalia's problems," said the Executive Secretary of IGAD, Eng. Mahboub Maalim, at a meeting organized by the Somali community in Boston, USA.
The Executive Secretary, who is on mission to the USA, encouraged the Somali diaspora to return and invest in their country. "Your country is in dire need of your contribution to reverse the depletion of intellectual and technical personnel as well as investment," he said
Delegates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia are visiting the IGAD Secretariat in Djibouti to learn more about the work of IGAD. During their stay, the group will meet with the professional staff and familiarize themselves with IGAD's pojects and the organization’s activities in the region.
The Executive Secretary of IGAD Eng. Mahboub Maalim welcomed to his office the Ethiopian Ambassador to Djibouti, H.E. Mr. Suleiman Dedefo Weshe. The Executive Secretary briefed the Ambassador on the work of the organization and discussed the situation of the region and IGAD’s role in paving the way to regional integration. The Ambassador reiterated the support of the Government of Ethiopia for IGAD and expressed his confidence.
The Executive Secretary of IGAD welcomed at his office the Secretary General of COMESA Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya. The officials discussed regional concerns including agriculture, environment and livestock and agreed to strengthen their cooperative relations.
The Executive Secretary of IGAD, Eng. Mahboub Maalim, received in his office Mr Ashraf El Nour, the regional representative of the IOM. The officials discussed a ways to enhence cooperation between IGAD and IOM in a joint programme implementation and ongoing partnership program in the IGAD region.