Ambassadors of member nations of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) — Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Sudan — have endorsed sectoral strategies and implementation plans for the Horn of Africa grouping for the 2016-2020 period.

The sectors whose strategies and implementation plans were endorsed at the Council of Ambassadors meeting here Tuesday included agriculture, livestock and fisheries, natural resources and environmental protection, social development, economic co-operation and integration, peace and security, and gender affairs.

In his opening statement to the 30th Council of Ambassadors Meeting, IGAD Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim said IGAD was on track and ahead of all other Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in its regional integration agenda which had led to improved livelihoods and economic development in the IGAD sub-region.

He stressed the need for co-operation and harmonization among member countries to ensure the sustainability and smooth implementation and realisation of IGAD programmes and projects.

The Chair of the IGAD Council of Ambassadors, who is Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Djibouti, Shamebo Fitamo Adebo, noted the importance of the strategy to the sub-region in order to tackle the existing and emerging challenges which needed to be addressed for the survival and preservation of resources in the IGAD sub-region.

The other items on the agenda were the approval of revised clauses in the IGAD Treaty and the implementation of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) for improved financial reporting and management.

The Committee also got updated on Member State contributions and arrears and the general IGAD financial status.

Source: Nam News Network