Addis Ababa September 02/2017 The institutional and human capacity building program implementations to address transnational and domestic security threats in the region are being productive, according IGAD Security Sector program (ISSP).
The IGAD countries face multiple transnational security threats like terrorism, human, arms and drug trafficking, money laundering, piracy and cattle rustling among others.
ISSP Director Commander Abebe Muluneh told ENA that IGAD, through its Capacity Building Program Against Terrorism (ICPAT) which later superseded by ISSP has done a lot on enhancing capacity of member states.
IGAD has been working to optimize interdepartmental cooperation among member countries so as to enable law enforcement agencies and criminal justice departments deal challenges jointly. "Therefore IGAD is assisting member states just to promote interdepartmental cooperation".
As the region could be a hotbed for terrorist organizations, due to instability aroused by protracted civil war and conflicts, IGAD has been working to build capacity of member countries in fighting terrorism.
IGAD has been doing this through provision of training and facilitating forums that allow member countries share best practices.
Promoting strategic cooperation with international and regional institutions has also been undertaken to enhance capacity of member countries in countering terrorism.
Financial constraints, conflict and terrorist and other armed groups are among the major challenges for full implementation IGAD program.
Strengthening efforts on building institutional and human capacity of member states and promotion of regional cooperation are among the mechanisms mentioned to counter challenges facing on program implementation of IGAD.
In addition to ICPAT’s notable achievements, IGAD is being exerting efforts through its revitalization program, ISSP to address all forms of security threats facing the region and pledges to work in collaboration with both regional and international institutions.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) was created in 1996 to supersede the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) which was founded in 1986.
The target of IGAD is to be the premier Regional Economic Community (REC) for achieving peace and sustainable development in the region.