One initiative for several challenges

The Horn of Africa Initiative

Photo by: Ambassador Fitsum Arega (Ambassador of Ethiopia to the USA)

During the World Bank Group/IMF Annual Meetings held on 18 October 2019 in Washington, D.C., the Ministers of Finance and other representatives of the Horn of Africa (HoA) countries highlighted the importance of developing a coordinated approach and came together in the Horn of Africa Initiative, bringing the nations together to address shared regional challenges.

Challenges that like natural disasters, pandemics,  insecurity, and fragility that know no borders. On the other hand, better regional connectivity, more trade, and improved access to energy and digital services are expected to make a big contribution to economic growth and poverty reduction. There are also inherent economies of scale to be explored in the Horn of Africa Initiative.

To this end, the HoA countries have agreed on priority proposals in four thematic areas, where the national policies of the countries converge to achieve deeper regional cooperation and integration in the Horn of Africa.