Monday, Dec 17, 2018

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) on the 17th of November signed a memorandum of understanding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The MoU was signed by the Executive Secretary of IGAD, Eng (Amb) Mahboub Maalim and IDEA’s Africa and West Asia Regional Director, Prof Adebayo Olukoshi at the International IDEA offices.

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11-11-2018, Djibouti (Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, today was received by the Ambassador of China to Djibouti, H.E. Zhuo Ruisheng, at the Embassy of China.

 The Ambassador of China lauded the Executive Secretary and the regional organization under his leadership for the tremendous amount of work towards and peace and development in the region. He assured him of China’s support in this Endeavour.

 The Executive Secretary acknowledged China’s growing partnership with IGAD Member States entrusted in win-win and strong bilateral relations. He called on the Ambassador of China to assist in escalating the relations China has with the regional organization by being accredited to IGAD.

 The Executive Secretary also availed himself for a working visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China for the purpose of bringing IGAD’s agenda to the attention of the highest diplomatic level.

 The visit by the ES to the Ambassador of China was also the opportunity to receive a grant of 100,000.00 USD to the regional organization; which grant has been in effect the recent years.

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05-11-2018, Djibouti (Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, held talks with Mr. Evan Achoki, the County Commissioner of Mombasa (Kenya), and Mr. John Kilonzi, the Director of Peace and Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya.

The Executive Secretary updated them on the programmes and activities that IGAD is undertaking in promoting regional peace and security.

 Mr. Achoki and Mr. Kilonzi commended Amb Maalim for the great achievements that IGAD has registered under his leadership.

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06-11-2018, Djibouti (Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, this morning received credential letters from the Ambassador of Somalia to Djibouti and IGAD, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ali-Nur Haji, who will also and subsequently be a member of the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors.

 

The same morning, the Executive Secretary also received the Ambassador of Sweden to Ethiopia and accredited to IGAD, H.E. Ambassador Torbjörn Pettersson, on a courtesy visit to the Secretariat. The Executive Secretary thanked Ambassador Peterson for the support provided by his country to the regional organisation and expressed his hope to see more interaction between IGAD and Sweden on the drought resilience regional agenda. He also acknowledged the substantial support provided by Sweden to IGAD Member States on a bilateral basis.

 The Executive Secretary then received the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Ethiopia and Djibouti, H.E. Ambassador Susanna Moorehead, on a courtesy visit. The two parties discussed about the recent positive developments in the region and the operationalisation of the peace agreement in South Sudan. The Executive Secretary called for extended work relations with the UK and committed himself and his team to following up with identifying areas of future cooperation.

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