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Message de remerciements du Secrétaire exécutif de l’IGAD 

 

            Suite à la tenue du 38eme Sommet de l’Assemblée des Chefs d’Etat et de Gouvernement de l’Autorité intergouvernementale pour le Développement (IGAD) à Djibouti le 20 décembre 2020, je tiens à remercier le Président de la République de Djibouti-SEM Ismail Omar Guelleh pour avoir mobiliser toutes les énergies et savoir-faire indispensables au succès retentissant qu’a été ce Sommet. 

            Je saisis l’occasion pour adresser mes vifs remerciements au Premier Ministre de la République de Djibouti-SEM Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, le Ministre des Affaires étrangères et de la Coopération Internationale-SEM Mahmoud Ali Youssouf ainsi que l’ensemble des membres du gouvernement pour l’accueil chaleureux et fraternel qui a été réservé aux délégations émanant des pays membres. 

            Je me dois de souligner que la Sécurité et le Service d’Ordre impeccables et respectueux de tous les protocoles en vigueur se sont montrés à la hauteur de la tâche qui leur a été confiée. 

            Le peuple de Djibouti, quant à lui, a fait preuve de sa légendaire hospitalité en pareilles occasions. 

             Encore une fois, Djibouti n’a pas failli à sa tradition de «Terre de rencontres et d’échanges».  

 

30 November 2020 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, received the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, HE Sahle-Work Zewde, at the Headquarters of the regional organisation in Djibouti today. 

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti, HE Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, and the Minister of Transport of Ethiopia, HE Mrs Dagmawit Moges, were in attendance as well as the Ambassador of Ethiopia to Djibouti and the Ambassador of Djibouti to Ethiopia. 

The President took the opportunity of her two-day official visit to Djibouti to tour the IGAD premises and meet with staff there. 

Dr Workneh welcomed her and said he was honoured to be receiving President Sahle-Work Zewde at the regional bloc headquarters. ‘I am delighted along with my colleagues to be listening to your wisdom during this short ceremony at our conference hall’, he said as he invited her to address IGAD staff. He later expressed his appreciation of the encouragement words the President had for his one year at post at the head of IGAD. 

President Sahle-Work in her short address to IGAD staff did a brief flashback of how the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) was turned into the current Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) following a revitalisation process that pushed member countries to expand the organisation’s mandate. 

‘IGAD has come a long thanks to the tireless efforts of its member states and staff’, she said. She stressed the need to have a strong regional organisation to be the first respondent to regional issues, before adding that IGAD had played its role in this respect.  

An organisation can only be what its member countries want it to be. The onus is on us, member states, to really give IGAD the means to be like others such ECOWAS, SADC and so on’, she said. The President committed her country’s support to the organisation before congratulating it for the job done in the fight against COVID-19. 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti conducted a vote of thanks during which he thanked President Sahle-Work Zewde for being in Djibouti and visiting IGAD headquarters. He reminded the audience that Dr Workneh was working on reforming IGAD as he had started with his 100-day-plan. ‘IGAD should be the strongest vehicle for regional integration. This organisation under the leadership of Dr Workneh and the support of member states has a bright future’, he concluded. 

 

(October 29, 2020 (Nairobi, Kenya) The Intergovernmental Authority on Development is meeting in Nairobi to formulate its strategy for 2021 to 2025. The meeting, attended by all the divisions, programs, and institutions of the organization, discussed the previous 2016-2020 strategy and the formulation of the strategy and 5-year implementation plan. 

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