July 22, 2023 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have signed a memorandum of Understanding for the launch of a region training program on Business and Human Rights in the IGAD region.
IGAD Director of the Health and Social Development Division, Mrs. Fathia Alwan and the Resident Representative of the JICA Office in Djibouti, Mr. KANEDA Masayuki, signed a memorandum of Understanding.
IGAD Director of the Health and Social Development Division, Mrs. Fathia Alwan said that businesses operating in the IGAD region is likely to encounter various challenges related to human rights, including labor rights, land rights, environmental impact, and community relations.
“It is therefore essential to enhance the understanding and capacity of businesses, government officials, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders in the region to effectively address these challenges and promote responsible business practices.” The Director added.
The Resident Representative of the JICA Office in Djibouti, Mr. KANEDA Masayuki, on his part explained that through this training, JICA will support the creation of a system for the protection of workers’ human rights, necessary to the process.
“JICA will continue to contribute to the realization of peace and prosperity in the region.” Mr. KANEDA Masayuki mentioned.
The training is in line with IGAD’s roadmap for the realization of the “free movement of people” regime in the region, which is defined as a key pillar for regional integration. The “free movement of people” regime aims to legalize travel and standardize educational levels and qualifications in order to create quality jobs.
The first training session is scheduled for later this year. The heads of the National Human Right’s Institution in each IGAD member country will be selected to undertake a two-week group training course in Djibouti.
This is the first official cooperation project between IGAD and JICA.