October 10, 2022 (Mombasa, Kenya): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) through its IGAD Foreign Service Institute (IFS) held a three-day training on “Executive Training in Leadership and Diplomatic Skills: Regional Economic Integration”.
The three-day training aimed at enhancing diplomats’ professional skills and deepen their knowledge of regional economic integration by exchanging viewpoints on how to enhance it within the IGAD region. Each member state gave a presentation about the fundamentals of their economy and the benefits of IGAD’s clamor for regional economic integration. They also discussed about other opportunities for regional economic integration and how these opportunities can be used to strengthen the region.
This training brought together diplomats from each ministry of Foreign Affairs of the IGAD region to equip them to effectively tackle regional challenges and accelerate regional economic integration.
The lead consultant, Dr Martine Oleche, said that there is a need for solidarity among IGAD member states and that IGAD should work to ensure the participation of its member states in identifying apparent structural and functional deficiencies with respect to progress in the integration process, and build a framework for partnership building and collaboration towards common goals both in security and economic sustainability prospects.
The training was conducted with the financial support from the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) through the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) under the IPPSHAR Program.