27th August 2014, Mwanza, Tanzania
Animal health stakeholders from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania meet to discuss harmonization and coordination of the cross border prevention and control of trade-related transboundary animal diseases.
Animal health stakeholders from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania held a three-day meeting in Mwanza, Tanzania from 25th -27th, August 2014 to discuss collaboration on the prevention and control of trade-related transboundary animal diseases (TADs) at cross border areas and to enhance information sharing.
The meeting was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) within the framework of the Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) project with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A total of 30 participants attended the meeting including CVOs from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, USAID, IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD), veterinary technical staff from the participating countries, and community leaders from border areas.
Transboundary animal diseases are a key constraint to livestock production and trade in the Greater Horn of Africa. The diseases have previously resulted in livestock trade bans by the importing countries in the Middle East due to fear of introduction of the diseases, especially Rift Valley fever which also endangers human health. Livestock in the pastoral areas move across international borders for feed, water and trade, and therefore control of TADs requires collaboration and cooperation between countries.
The workshop on exit strategy for the national SPS Committee of Burkina Faso was held on 11th and 12th August 2014 at Hôtel des conférences ouind yidé in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Twenty seven members of the national SPS committee (NSPSC) of Burkina Faso and two representatives of AU-IBAR attended the workshop.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Mr. Lucien SAWADOGO, Director of Plant Health Services.
The presentation of the national SPS committee and the legal text taken by the government to official create and organize the SPS committee was made and commented in order to bring all members on the same level of information and understanding. The next step will be the nomination of the representatives in the committee.
Presentations on standard setting processes of OIE, IPPC and Codex were made by Officers from the Veterinary services, Plant health services and the Codex contact point and an Officer from the Ministry of Trade presented WTO and the SPS Agreement. It was clear from the participants that these three national organizations have their respective responsibilities and they need to work in synergy within the national SPS committee in collaboration with the private sector, the consumers' organizations, the academia and the research institutions.
A meeting of the Secretariats of the sub-regional focal points for the "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources" Project was held at the AU-IBAR offices, in Nairobi, Kenya on 15-16 July 2014.
Among the outcomes of the meeting was the unanimous agreement that AU-IBAR would be the Secretariat of a newly established Regional Focal Point (RFP) for Africa. The structure, membership and roadmap for the RFP was developed and agreed to by the participants.
The Secretariats represented were from Eastern Africa (Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa - ASARECA), Southern Africa (Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa - CCARDESA ), Northern Africa (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique d'Algérie - INRAA) and Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles/ West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research Development - CORAF/WECARD) as the sub-regional research and development institution likely to host the Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for West and Central Africa.
The overall objective of the meeting was to strengthen the capacity of S-RFPs to implement work programmes on African animal genetic resources (AnGR).