Intergovernmental Authority on Development
Intergovernmental Authority on Development

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African bloc, on Friday stressed that creating an enhanced communication and partnership will be its major target areas during the just-commenced 2020 towards regional peace, security and integration.

The eight-member Djibouti-based regional bloc made the statement during an ongoing meeting of its Peace and Security Division that envisaged to review the implementation of the IGAD’s Peace and Security Strategy for 2019 and assess the way forward for the year 2020.

Business24

After analyzing the East African bloc’s peace and security sector performance during the concluded 2019, the IGAD Peace and Security Division on Friday stressed the vital imperative to enhance internal and external coordination, synergy and partnership mechanisms towards boosting regional peace and stability.

“The focus in 2020 will be on enhancing internal coordination, effective implementation of the planned peace and security activities, information sharing and periodic joint analysis as well as gender mainstreaming and enhanced communication and visibility towards peace, security and regional integration in the IGAD region,” an IGAD statement issued on Friday read.

From the peace process in South Sudan to activities that aimed to create stability in Somalia, peace and security sector engagements are top of IGAD’s major regional interventions across its eight member countries that are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.

According to IGAD, experts and officials drawn from IGAD’s Peace and Security Division are presently undertaking a three-day review meeting on the implementation progress of the regional bloc’s peace and security strategy during 2019 as well as to chart ways forward through in 2020, it was noted.

The meeting, among other things, envisaged enhancing the East African bloc’s “relevance towards meaningfully contributes to the member states,” with particular emphasis to boosting capacity building of relevant regional peace and security institutions.

The IGAD’s flagship peace and security sector initiative, dubbed Promoting Peace and Stability in the Horn of Africa Region (IPPSHAR), is also said to be among the regional bloc’s major focus areas in the peace and security sector during 2020. Enditem

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