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IGAD: Leaders Hold Virtual Summit to Consult Response Strategy to Curb COVID-19

COVID 19 _ IGAD
IGAD Virtual Summit on COVID 19

MFAE
March 30, 2020

Heads of State & Government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today (March 30) convened a Virtual Summit to discuss coordination & regional response to curb the spread of COVID19.

The regional organization’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu announced on his Twitter page that the Heads of State & Government decided to adopt a regional response strategy.

The leaders also made a resolution to establish an emergency fund while calling on the international community for a globally coordinated approach, he added.

The leaders briefed the summit on the measures their respective countries have taken to avert the spread of COVID-19.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed said on his Twitter page that the leaders noted the importance of collective leadership as a means of withstanding the challenges COVID19 is posing globally.

“Seeking support together, providing needed materials that each of us have an advantage over, and exchanging experiences closely, is vital to our survival,” the Premier added in expressing the points of an agreement by participants in the summit.

Concerned about the continuous supply of food and essential commodities in the region, Uganda’s President H.E. Yoweri K Museveni advised the summit that the movement of cargo across the region be allowed to proceed, taking Standard Operating Procedures into account.

In a statement delivered to the summit, H.E. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo said: “The Corona Virus Epidemic must be the final wake up call for us all to work even more closely together for regional social, economic and political cooperation to ensure the security, development and common prosperity of our brotherly peoples.”

In a Communiqué issued later, the leaders requested the International Financial Institutions, bilateral, regional and international partners especially WB, IMF, AfDB, to rapidly implement debt relief and cancellation and provide access to financial assistance, concessionary loans and essential support to IGAD Member States and the Secretariat to effectively combat the Coronavirus.

H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, H.E. Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed President of Somalia, H.E. Riek Machar, First Vice President of South Sudan, representing H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit President of South Sudan, and H.E. Abdalla Hamdok, Prime Minister of Sudan and the Chair of IGAD took part in the virtual summit of the IGAD secretariat, this morning.

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  1. Subject: “IGAD: Leaders Hold Virtual Summit to Consult Response Strategy to Curb COVID-19 MFAE March 30, 2020”

    Commentary 30 Mar 2020

    The African Union was established on 25 May 1963.[ 57 years]
    What did they achieve for the benefit of the ordinary African People?
    Let us be honest, for Heaven’s sake, at least once in the History of Africa
    The African People and the African Leaders are completely different just like Heaven and Earth.
    African Leaders are known for grabbing wealth art the expense of the perpetual p[oor Africans
    African Leaders — from top to bottom; from left to right, are immune to human consciousness. African Leaders have no shame at all in the face of absolute poverty in Africa.
    The behaviour of African Leaders is a permanent reflection {IMAGE} of cruelty and savagery of African Race that we encounter on a daily basis around the Globe.
    And what do the Highly Educated Africans, with the Highest Degree of Doctor of Philosophy from any university do to extricate their Brethren Black Africans from poverty, not only from poor education but also to retain the fundamental DIGNITY of the Ordinary BLACK AFRICAN.
    We all know the negative image of Africans around the Globe, while we have extremely Rich self-appointed Leaders and superiorly Educated thousands of individuals.
    Indeed, the TRAGEDY of AFRICA is so mysterious to fathom that Africa — in general the BLACK RACE — has a permanent negative image around the Globe that is difficult to erase for seemingly unlimited. centuries.
    Can we get any argument against the negative attitude of the WORLD upon the Black Race?
    The famous writer, Alan Paton, answered it with sadness “CRY , MY BELOVED COUNTRY. And so, WE AFRICANS CAN HAVE THAT ENDOWMENT, FREE of CHARGE, WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION UNTIL THE NATURAL RULE COMES TO PLAY. THE END

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