October 2, 2023
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IGAD Office Opens in Moyale, Setting Stage for Sustainable Development and Integration

MOYALE– In a momentous event aimed at fostering peace and cooperation between Ethiopia and Kenya, the Intra-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) inaugurated the Cross-Border Moyale Office. This initiative, supported by IGAD, marks a significant step forward in promoting peace-building programs and facilitating cross-border collaborations in the region. The inauguration ceremony was attended by high-ranking officials... Read More

MOYALE– In a momentous event aimed at fostering peace and cooperation between Ethiopia and Kenya, the Intra-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) inaugurated the Cross-Border Moyale Office.

This initiative, supported by IGAD, marks a significant step forward in promoting peace-building programs and facilitating cross-border collaborations in the region.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by high-ranking officials from both Ethiopia and Kenya, as well as representatives from IGAD. Among the distinguished guests was Dr. Workneh Gabeyehu (PHD), the esteemed Executive Secretary of IGAD and Marsabit County governor H. E Mohamud Ali.

In his powerful address, Governor Ali thanked the IGAD team for their decision to establish the office in Moyale and expressed gratitude to the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development for funding the endeavour.

The office is expected to bolster IGAD’s ongoing cross-border initiatives and foster sustainable development in the volatile Horn of Africa region.

The Governor emphasized the unique challenges faced by borderland communities of Moyale. He noted that these regions, despite being rich in cultural diversity, resources, and opportunities, have long suffered from socio-economic neglect, climate change, ethnic conflicts, and political instability.

IGAD’s decision to establish an office in Moyale is a significant step towards addressing these issues, according to Governor Ali. He expressed his pride and assurance in IGAD’s commitment to the shared aspirations of its founding leaders stating that the office stands as a symbol of regional peace, integration, and development, aiming to transform the trade routes and facilitate the free movement of people and resources.

The county boss highlighted the strain on local facilities like the Moyale Level 4 Hospital, which serves as a critical healthcare hub for both Kenya and Ethiopia’s local and migrant populations.

 

The Governor called on IGAD to strengthen support for the hospital, emphasizing the role of quality healthcare in fostering integration.

The Governor also stressed the importance of immediate action to end cross-border conflicts, stating that the responsibility lies with the current generation and leadership.

He highlighted the need for sustained peace programs and harmony-building initiatives, emphasizing that peace is not just about resolving conflicts but also about celebrating diversity and unity.

Dr. Gabeyehu emphasized that IGAD’s primary focus is on state-building and peace promotion in the border regions of member countries. He highlighted the importance of infrastructure development to enhance free trade and facilitate cultural exchanges among the approximately 250 million people residing in IGAD member states.

The creation of a unified market and cultural ties is a key objective of IGAD’s long-term vision according to him.

He also signed a groundbreaking agreement, pledging 5.5 million Euros as an emigration development fund. The fund aims to uplift the lives of the underprivileged in the region, supporting initiatives that provide opportunities for growth and development. This commitment reflects IGAD’s dedication to making a tangible difference in the lives of those in need stated Dr. Gabeyehu

In addition to the financial commitment, IGAD also presented essential technological resources to the Cross-Border Moyale Office and Moyale level 4 hospital. Seven laptops and four desktop computers were handed over to provide crucial administrative support.

Moreover, the laptops and desktops will aid in cross-border disease surveillance, an essential aspect of ensuring public health and preparedness.

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