By Ahimbisibwe Flavia
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) eight member states have committed and launched Good Governance Forum to enhance good governance in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, South, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia.
Representing Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, the IGAD Executive Secretary, Hon Siraj Fegessa the Peace Security Division Director said that the the forum is going to contribute the IGAD’s coordinative and cooperative roles within the member states to improve good governance.
“The objective of the IGAD Governance Forum is to contribute to the enhancement of IGAD’s coordinative and cooperative roles with Member States in the promotion of good governance, democracy, human rights and the rule of law and implementati0n of IGAD and AU instruments on governance, election, human rights and democracy,” Hon. Fegessa said.
Institutions within the 8 member states are also going to use the forum to share experience and learn good governance.
“The Governance Forum will also be regional platform for experience sharing and peer learning among the National Democratic Institutions of IGAD member States,” Fegessa said.
The Political Affairs Program of the IGAD Peace and Security Division developed Guiding Principles and Rules and Procedures for the establishment of the IGAD Governance Forum. The document has been reviewed and validated by senior experts and officials of IGAD member States’ democratic institutions, and approved by IGAD Committee of Ambassadors to be operationalized.
Hon. Fr. Simon Lokodo, the minister of state for ethics and integrity said the IGAD governance forum is an important forum that should be supported, as it will be charged with important functions that include serving as the main dialogue forum on all governance matters and annual high-level dialogue forum aimed at sharing experiences and good practices towards the promotion of good governance.
Lokodo added that the forum will be for strengthening democracy and respect for human rights, including advocacy for the domestication and implementation of, as well as compliance with IGAD and AU instruments.
The forum was launched in Entebbe on Friday, a day after launching the youth peace forum.
By Ahimbisibwe Flavia