6 October 2011 – The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and Office of the IGAD Capacity Building Program Against Terrorism (ICPAT) officially launched the IGAD Security Sector Program (ISSP) today at the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa.  The launching ceremony was honored by the presence of H.E. Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, the Prime Minister of the Somalia Transitional Federal Government (TFG)

who officially launched the Program. 

A welcoming and opening remark was done by Honorable Netsannet Asfaw, the Director of Peace and Security Division of IGAD followed by the keynote speaker of the day, H.E. Eng. Mahboub Maalim, the Executive Secretary of IGAD. The Co-Chair of the IPF, H.E. Mr. Renzo Rossowas, the Ambassador of Italy to Ethiopia had also made a brief speech.  The guest of honor, H.E. Prime Minister Mohamed addressed the participants on how the IGAD’s new program will be a very helpful initiative for the region.  Following these speeches, two presentations were made on the review of ICPAT on its achievements and challenges through the period 2006 – 2011 and on the rationale, objectives and areas of ISSP by Mr. Richard Barno and Commander Abebe Muluneh, respectively.

The ceremony was attended by high level officials from the IGAD member states of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda as well as the South Sudan.  Diplomatic missions, Ethiopian government officials, representatives of religious leaders in Ethiopia, different international NGOs as well as civil society organizations attended this event.

The IGAD Security Sector Program (ISSP), when fully operational, will focus on four main pillars of Counterterrorism, Maritime Security, Organized Crime, and Security Institutions Capacity Building. (End)

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