President Museveni has left for Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the 13th Ordinary Summit of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development IGAD.
The leaders are expected to deliberate on the new structure of IGAD, nomination of the new Chairperson and issues of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
The ordinary summit was last held in 2010 when then Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki handed over the chairmanship to then Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi. Since then, Ethiopia has continuously held the chairmanship through its three successive Prime Ministers, Zenawi, Hailemariam Desalegn and currently Dr Abiy Ahmed.
At the beginning of the summit, Dr. Workeneh Gebeyhu will officially take over the role of Executive Director of IGAD from Ambassador Mahaboub Maalim. Yesterday, the IGAD Council of Minister held its 47th ordinary session.
On the occasion, Gedu stated notable achievements in IGAD during Ethiopia’s Chairmanship of the Organization for almost a decade.