ADDIS ABABA – The East African regional economic bloc, IGAD, has inaugurated its cross-border development facilitation office in Moyale.
The office, named IGAD Moyale Field Cross-border Coordination Office, is tasked to boost cooperation among communities in Ethiopia-Kenya cross-border areas.
The inauguration event on Friday was presided over by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) chief Workneh Gebeyehu.
Workneh noted that IGAD has had a steadfast presence in the Moyale area for more than two decades.
“We’ve been working tirelessly to support our member states in implementing various borderland programs, along with numerous projects,” he said.
The new office is mandated to facilitate cross border cooperation among actors, local government institutions and communities in their respective clusters.
It will foster cooperation around a common agenda, especially delivering social services to host communities, refugees, and migrants, per IGAD.
Today’s event involves the launch of the implementation of IGAD Regional Migration Fund (RMF) and the cross-border community-based migration network, among others.
The event was attended by officials drawn from both Ethiopia and Kenya and local communities from Moyale area.