Leaders of the IGAD members to meet in Addis
– Eritrea to rejoin IGAD next week.
08 Sep 2018 – (EP) Eritrea will rejoin the East African bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), at an event to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia next week.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley and the African Great Lakes.
Eritrea joined the organization in 1993, upon achieving independence and suspended its IGAD membership in 2007 when the previous Ethiopian government invaded Somalia.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development was established in 1996. It succeeded the earlier Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD), a multinational body founded in 1986 by Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, with a focus on development and environmental control.
IGADD’s headquarters were later moved to Djibouti, following an agreement signed in January 1986 by the member states.
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