The Executive Secretary of IGAD, Eng. Mahboub Maalim, received the Chinese ambassador to Djibouti and Ethiopia. Both sides discussed the relationship between the Republic of China and IGAD. The Executive Secretary expressed his appreciation for the friendship between IGAD and China.
The Executive Secretary of Intergovernmental Authority on Development His Excellency Eng. Mahboub M. Maalim and Chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Finland Counsellor Mr. Simo-Pekka Parviainen signed today in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia a wide ranging multi-year cooperation and support agreement, which steps up Finnish support to the IGAD organization and strengthens regional integration in Horn of Africa/IGAD region. Apart from the African Union, regional integration process is practically advanced by the African Regional Economic Communities, which are the relevant building blocks of the African Union.