Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

24-05-2017, Djibouti (Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), HE Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, sends his warm congratulations to the newly elected Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, who happens to be the first African to officiate at this prestigious position. 

 “It gives me a great pleasure to congratulate you, on behalf of IGAD and on my own, upon your historic election at the head of the WHO. Your victory is a symbol of an ever African rising unity in the international arena”, Amb Maalim said. 

Dr. Tedros Adhanom has proven himself an accomplished statesman who will be in the best position to fulfill his mandate as the new head of WHO. 

H.E Amb Maalim wishes Dr. Tedros a most successful tenure in his new endeavor and reassures him of IGAD support. 


Addis Ababa 23rd May 2017

The IGAD ES, Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim held talks with Mr. Massimo Gaiani, the Italian Government Director General for Global Affairs.

The ES highlighted  the key challenges that the region faces key among them being the South Sudan conflict, humanitarian crisis, violent extremism and terrorism, nation building in Somalia among others. The ES  outlined some of the programs that IGAD has instituted to address these challenges.

The ES commended the exemplary leadership of Italy as the Chair of the IGAD Partners Forum. He also thanked the Italian Government for the continued support to key IGAD Programs and activities and called for increased cooperation and support.

Mr. Massimo gave special commendation to the ES for his outstanding leadership that has seen IGAD play a critical role in regional and international affairs. 

He pledged increased Italian Government support to IGAD. He particularly appreciated the operationalization of the IGAD Center of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (ICEPCVE). He welcomed the planed joint training that will be undertaken by the Center and the Italian Carabinieri Experts in areas of countering violent extremism and terrorism.

He also stated that he will explore how the Italian Development Corporation can support IGAD in some of the operational programs especially in humanitarian crisis.

Mr. Massimo was accompanied by Amb. Giuseppe Mistretta, the Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and IGAD, who is also the Chair of the IGAD Partners Forum; and Mr. Giuseppe Sean Coppola, Deputy Head of Mission Italian Embassy in Addis Ababa.




The IGAD Executive Secretary, (ES) Amb. Mahboub Maalim and Mr. Mohamed Ali Hassan- the Secretary General (SG), Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Djibouti held a series of meetings with senior officials from USAID and Department of State in Washington DC. The main focus of the discussions was the achievements made in operationalization and development of the IGAD Center of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. (ICEPCVE) and how to maintain the momentum to ensure sustainability of the Center.

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