IGAD 30 Years

Former Eritrean IGAD Executive Secretary to join 30th Anniversary Panel Discussion

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) announced that it is holding a panel discussion as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations in Djibouti on Saturday.

Besides the panel discussion in collaboration with the Djibouti Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Djibouti, the events include a staff meeting with the current and former Executive Secretaries at the IGAD Secretariat and a dinner for all stakeholders that have played a role in their achievements and growth in the region, the East African regional block said.

The panel discussion is the first of a series initiated by the current Executive Secretary and is intended to be the highlight of the day.

It will take a thematic look at development in the Greater Horn of Africa for the past three decades and reflect on the region and were it wants to be another 30 years from now.

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The Panel includes three former Executive Secretaries and the current Executive Secretary His Excellency; Eng. (Amb.) Mahboub Maalim who has led the organization since 2008 to date. They will be joined by the Djiboutian Foreign Affairs Minister; Hon. Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, IGAD said.

The former Executive Secretaries are; Dr. David Muduuli from Uganda (1991 to 1996), Dr. Tekeste Ghebray from Eritrea (1996 to 2000) and Dr. Attalla Bashir from Sudan (2000 to 2008).

The Panelists will share their experiences and views around the main topic; The Prospects and Challenges of Peace, Security, Economic Development and Integration in the Region, as well as how best IGAD can position itself for Higher Impact.

The panel discussion should represent a platform to enhance experience sharing and allow the organization to create a network of regional opinion leaders and be able to disseminate information and inspire discussion broadly as well as chart out a way forward to address the many challenges the region faces and position itself better, IGAD said.

Participants of the panel discussion will include diplomats and technocrats, policy and decision makers from member states and development partner organizations, academics and researchers, the media, the private sector and civil society, scholars and students will listen, reflect and interrogate the development that the region has experienced over the years.

The State of Eritrea became the seventh member after attaining independence in 1993 and re-activated its membership in 2011 after a short interruption.

By Editorial Team

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