Finance Ministers of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan meet in Djibouti to discuss regional connectivity through trade, digital markets, energy (June 26, 2021)

Finance Ministers of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan under the Horn of Africa Initiative (HoAI) met today (June 26) in Djibouti to evaluate progress witnessed so far in areas such as trade and energy and to discuss the way forward.

Ethiopia’s Finance Minister, H.E. Ahmed Shide commended the African Development Bank, the European Union, and the World Bank Group for their continued commitments in helping advance the implementation of the programs of the Horn of Africa Initiative and underscored the need to hone capacity in inclusive cross-border value chains across the Horn.

Minister Ahmed Shide also welcomed Sudan’s new status as a full member of HoAI, adding that the Initiative would develop new priorities to align Sudan’s economic development agenda with its program.

The current chair of the HoAI Secretariat, H.E. Mr. llyas Moussa Dawaleh, Minister of Economy and Finance of Djibouti noted that the Initiative has mobilized over US$3.3 billion so far from the three development partners to finance critical regional priorities, including transport connectivity, energy trade, digital economy, trade facilitation, agro-pastoralism and locust control.

The Finance Ministers in Djibouti were joined by Mrs. Nnenna Nwabufo, Director General East Africa of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Executive Secretary of IGAD Dr. Workineh Gebeyehu, who is attending the meeting as an observer, to best exploit the regional organization’s knowledge and experience for further advancement of the programs and projects of the Initiative.

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