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Djibouti, - 6 July 2019: Amb. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD warmly welcomes the launch of the exercise to integrate forces of the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaa (ASWJ) group into the Somali Security Forces.

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July 4, 2019 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, welcomes the agreement reached by the Transitional Military Council of Sudan and the opposition.

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June 11, 2019 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, today received accreditation letters from the Ambassador of Denmark to Ethiopia, H.E. Karin Poulsen, in his office at the Secretariat of the regional organisation.

Among other things, the Executive Secretary noted the collegial working relations IGAD has had with Denmark. The Executive Secretary highlighted the support provided by Denmark to IGAD programmes and projects. He touched on the benefits reaped by communities from a Danish grant to IGAD geared towards food security through support to Civil Society Organisations in rural areas and to applied research institutions. He also draw the Ambassador’s attention to the IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School (ISTVS) in Somaliland and how positively it has impacted livestock development for the sub region.

He recalled a mission to the European Nordic countries, Denmark included, a few years ago he and his team undertook as a means to promote IGAD’s work and build bridges to Ministries of Foreign Affairs and development agencies. He highlighted how useful and fruitful that mission was.

Amb. Poulsen thanked the Executive secretary for the warm welcome and assured him that Denmark will “remain close to IGAD”. She said her belief and that of her country in the benefits of regional integration. She reiterated strong support to the peace and security sector and expressed interest in knowing more about migration programmes and projects within IGAD.

The Executive Secretary took Amb. Poulsen to the IGAD Centre of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (CEPCVE) for a tour of the premises and an overview of the programme. After which, Amb. Poulsen held a meeting with IGAD staff members in charge of the Migration programme led by the Director of Health and Social Development, Ms Fathia A. Alwan.

On June 10, the Executive Secretary received accreditation letters from the Ambassador of Turkey to Djibouti, H.E. Amb Salim Levent Sahinkaya.


Djibouti, 24 May 2019: The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Amb (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim this morning sent a message of congratulations to Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on his nomination as one of the 2019 recipients of the prestigious Spring Imperial Decoration of Japan. 

Mr. Desalegn is set to receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
Amb. Maalim described the nomination as very well-deserved in light of Mr. Desalegn’s exemplary leadership in promoting regional peace and security during his premiership, and his capacity at the time as Chairperson of IGAD. Amb. Maalim added, Mr. Desalegn maintained very strong relationship with key partners who have been supporting peace efforts in the region including Japan.  

Amb. Maalim took the opportunity to praise the generous support that the Government of Japan continues to provide to IGAD’s regional peace and security programs particularly towards ongoing peace efforts in the Republic of South Sudan. ENDS.

03 May 2019, LONDON (United Kingdom): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, this evening concluded successful engagements in the UK with a speech at the Chatham House-the Royal Institute of International Affairs based in London, a “world-leading centre for policy research & debate on Africa's politics”. 

Amb Maalim presented on “The Future of IGAD: Responding to New Realities in the Horn of Africa”.

In the morning, the Executive Secretary had a productive meeting with Mr Julian Reilly, UK Envoy for the Horn of Africa & the Red Sea at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. They discussed regional developments and IGAD’s role.

Amb Maalim took the opportunity to also meet with senior officials including the Head of Department for International Development (DFID) East Africa and the new UK Envoy for the Horn and the Red Sea. 

The UK Government appreciate the good work of the IGAD Secretariat and have shown interest in exploring further engagement and support.

The Chatham House hosted African head of states and governments.

During his mission, the Executive Secretary took the time to meet and interact with members of the diaspora from IGAD countries.


The Executive Secretary of IGAD, H.E. Ambassador Mahboub Maalim was among heads of Regional Economic Community who have signed the Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) with with the European Union. The programme was first signed in 2015 by the EU and five regional organisations in the Eastern, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean (ESA-IO).  Following a mid-term review on the RIP implementation, conducted in 2017, the first addendum to the RIP was prepared and duly signed by the EU and the five regional organisations.  As a result, the overall budget of the RIP was increased from EUR 1.332 billion to EUR 1.49 billion.

The priorities for the EU Africa partnership are to focus on achieving peace and stability, managing migration and mobility, consolidating democracy and good governance, unleashing economic opportunities, reaching human development standards, and addressing climate change.