June 16, 2024

IGAD embarks on learning mission to ECOWAS to boost free movement, migration management


In a significant move to bolster interregional cooperation and integration, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has initiated a four-day learning mission with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The mission, which commenced on May 21, 2024, was officially inaugurated in Abuja by H.E. Damtien TCHINTCHIBIDJA, Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission.

The primary objective of this mission is to glean insights into ECOWAS’s successful implementation of free movement regimes and the management of migration statistics. By examining ECOWAS’s legislation, policies, regulations, and procedures, IGAD aims to enhance its understanding and governance of free movement within its own member states.

This exchange is expected to transform free movement into a powerful tool for peace and development across both regions.

In her opening remarks, Vice President TCHINTCHIBIDJA emphasized the event’s importance as a testament to regional integration and collaboration. She highlighted the significant contributions of ECOWAS experts in formulating the IGAD Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons.

The Vice President also expressed gratitude to international partners such as the European Union, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) for their support of ECOWAS initiatives.

Representing IGAD, Ambassador Maureen Achieng conveyed deep appreciation on behalf of Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, IGAD’s Executive Secretary. She thanked the ECOWAS leadership and the Nigerian government for hosting the pivotal meeting.

Ambassador Achieng also underscored IGAD’s progress in developing protocols for the free movement of people and transhumance, aligning with the African Union Agenda 2063 to foster economic and social prosperity.

Jerome Boa, Director of External Relations at the ECOWAS Commission, welcomed the IGAD delegation, underscoring the shared objectives and challenges between the two regions. He stressed the value of mutual learning to advance a harmonious and prosperous Africa.

Both organizations reaffirmed their dedication to strengthening interregional links, enhancing economic opportunities, and improving the well-being of their populations through cooperative initiatives.

IGAD, which includes countries such as Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda, remains committed to accelerating regional integration and cooperation among its member states. This mission marks a crucial step in that ongoing journey.

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