ENTEBBE/ADDIS ABABA – President Yoweri Museveni has on Friday morning left for the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where he will join other regional leaders for the 13th ordinary summit of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
Others Presidents Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, South Sudan Vice President and delegations from Kenya and other member states are attending the summit.
IGAD is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley and the African Great Lakes.
The summit is expected to deliberate and decide on the outcomes of the IGAD council of ministers session that concluded on November 28, 2019, in the same capital.
According to reports, the leaders are expected to discuss the IGAD Treaty, IGAD Organisational structure, Nomination of IGAD chairmanship.
These were endorsed by the ordinary council of Ministers and will be submitted to the Summit of Heads of State and government for approval.
others on the agenda are the South Sudan peace deal and Djibouti’s relief efforts.
IGAD last week pledged 50,000 US Dollars towards the relief efforts for the flood victims in Djibouti.
The Executive Secretary of IGAD, H.E. Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu said, “The floods in Djibouti are due to the global climate changes as predicted by IGAD’s Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC). It is expected that the region will receive heavy rainfalls of 50 – 70 mm in the month of November 2019. ”
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is the current chairperson of the IGAD, will chair the meeting.