By Amin Dahiry – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Saturday, November 30, 2019.
IGAD Heads of State and government representatives met for the 13th Ordinary Summit in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa where they elected Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok as their new leader, Friday, November 29, 2019.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley and the African Great Lakes headquartered in Djibouti City, capital of Djibouti.
Hamdok takes over from his counterpart, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who has been leading since he became premier of Ethiopia in April 2018.
“Our region is making good progress and with political will and commitment, regional integration efforts for collective prosperity will materialize in the spirit of MEDEMER,” Abiy tweeted.
Among the leaders that attended the meeting were Somalia’s incumbent leader Mohammed Abdullahi Farmaajo, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Djibouti’s Omar Guelleh and South Sudan’s Salva Kiir.
Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister Monica Jumah, joined along with the African Union Chief and ex-South African President Thabo Mbeki representing the United Nations.
The IGAD secretariat position is currently held by former Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu and He took over from Kenya’s Ambassador Mahboub Maalim.
IGAD members comprise countries from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. (Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda).