EU seeks to strengthen cooperation with African trade bloc

BRUSSELS, The European Union said on Friday that it is looking forward to further strengthening its collaboration with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) under the new leadership.

Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU foreign and security policy, in a statement noted that the IGAD has agreed on Sudan as its new Chair and a new Executive Secretary, former Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu.

“At a moment of profound change in the region, the IGAD is more than ever key to enhancing regional stability and economic development in the Horn of Africa.

National challenges can be better tackled if the region works together,” she said.

The EU has always been a strong supporter of the IGAD with current projects amounting to a total of 195 million euro (USD 214 million), she stressed. These projects are contributing in particular to strengthening peace efforts and resilience, promoting free movement of persons and supporting regional responses on climate change, biodiversity and maritime security, added the statement.

IGAD is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It headquarters are in Djibouti city.

Source: Kuwait News Agency