Africa’s regional bloc said Saturday it will hold an experience sharing workshop on federalism and devolution for Somalia government officials in Ethiopia next week.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Special Mission to Somalia (IGAD SMS) said the Nov. 7-9 meeting is to enhance the capacity and understanding of Somali government officials and experts, learning from Ethiopian and Kenyan experiences on federalism and devolution respectively.

“In addition, the workshop will also provide the participants with an opportunity to learn how institutions of the Somali Regional State Government in Ethiopia are structured, harmonized and functioning at the local levels,” the bloc said in a statement.

IGAD SMS has over the years been working with the Somali government on peace building, security and institutional capacity building process in the country.

Senior officials and experts from the Somalia government, as well as the regional state administrations of Puntland, Jubaland, South West, Galmudug, Hirrsheblle and Banadir are among delegates.

Representatives of civil society organizations, youth and women groups will also attend the two-day meeting.