Saturday, Oct 19, 2019

04-09-2018, Djibouti (Djibouti): The Ambassador of Ethiopia to Djibouti and Chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Committee of Ambassadors, H.E. Shamebo Fitamo, this morning was received by IGAD Executive Secretary, H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, at the Secretariat of the regional organisation in Djibouti.

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18-08-2018, Djibouti: Following the passing on of Mr. Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the defunct and to the rest of the world.

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13-07-2018, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): The Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Ambassador of Ethiopia to Djibouti, H.E. Shamebo Fitamo, this morning presided over the 4th IGAD-Switzerland Steering Committee Meeting in Addis Ababa with IGAD Executive Secretary, H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, and the Ambassador of Switzerland to Ethiopia, H.E. Daniel Hunn, at the high table and members of the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors in attendance.

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he Executive Secretary of IGAD Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim on the occasion of the 34th IGAD Committee of Ambassadors, which was convened today in Addis Ababa, commended the IGAD Heads of States and Governments under the leadership of the IGAD Chair who is also the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Ahmed Abiy in moving forward the peace process of South Sudan and normalizing the relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea. 

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IGAD Applauds the Launching of the Largest Free Trade Zone in Africa by Djibouti

 10-07-2018, Djibouti (Djibouti): The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in a congratulatory message sent on July 09 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti welcomed and applauded the “Republic of Djibouti on the launching of the largest Free Trade Zone in Africa on 5th July 2018”

 The message further continued as follows: “This is a clear demonstration of regional economic integration that the Member States have been working towards.

 Estimated to handle over USD 7 billion worth of trade in the next two years, the Free Trade Zone will house manufacturing, warehouse facilities, an export processing area and service centres that will create over 15,000 job opportunities. As H.E. President Ismael Omar Guelleh stated during the launch, the Free Trade Zone is a place of hope for thousands of young jobseekers.

 The importance of this Free Trade Zone extends beyond the IGAD region to the rest of the African continent as was well articulated by H.E. President Kagame of Rwanda who noted that it will not only serve Djibouti but wider regions of the continent. This was also echoed by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chair of IGAD, H.E. Abiy Ahmed, the President of Somalia, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the President of Sudan, H.E. Omar Al Bashir, and the African Union Commission Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who graced the launch occasion.

 The IGAD Secretariat is proud of this important milestone in regional integration and associates with it as it contributes towards the realisation of the aspirations of the ongoing discussions on the IGAD Free movement protocol and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).”




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