In accordance with the ongoing process for the selection of reputable institutions as Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa, AU-IBAR organized a series of verification missions to the short listed Institutions in Nigeria, Malawi, Egypt and South Africa for the experts assessment for their selection as African Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Against this background an Expert Review Meeting on Findings of The Verification Missions to Short-Listed Institutions for Selection as African Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture was organised by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) within the provisions of the Fisheries Governance Project with support from European Union. The meeting was held from the 29th to 30th of May, 2018 at AU-IBAR offices in Nairobi, Kenya as a follow-up to the recommendation of the Planning Meeting for Experts Verification Mission, held in March, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The main objectives of this Experts Review meeting were to undertake a detailed technical review of the findings by the Expert Mission, for informed decision making on selection of the institutions that were assessed by the experts; and to propose appropriate recommendations on the way forward.
The meeting was attended by 8 Experts from AquaEco, South Africa; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; WAFICOS, Uganda; University of Zambia; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; Alexandria University, Egypt; University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone; a retired Director of AU-IBAR Dr. Modibo Traore as the Technical Team Leader of the Verification Mission and relevant staff from AU-IBAR.
The 10th Pan African meeting of Africa’s National Codex Contact Point Officers to develop coordinated position on Codex standards was held from 17th to 18th May 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was officially opened by Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR. There were opening remarks from Dr. Maritim Kimutai, Chairperson of FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) and Mr. Sebasteien Goux, Deputy Head of Unit on Multilateral International Relations of the European Union.
The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. John Oppong-Otoo, Food Safety Officer, at AU-IBAR and Dr. Maritim Kimutai. Delegates from 41 African Union Member States, and Representative from ECOWAS, EU attended the meeting. During the meeting, reports and draft standards from 8 Codex committees were reviewed by participants.
The meeting led to the adoption of African common positions on draft Codex standards scheduled for adoption at the 41st Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission which will be held in Rome, Italy from the 2nd to 6th July 2018.
Other issues discussed during the meeting included:
- Africa’s participation in Codex electronic working groups
- The Codex Trust Fund and
- Data Generation to support Codex work
A consultative forum on Animal Health Strategy for Africa (AHSA) was convened by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) from 8th-10th May 2018 at Azure Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya in the framework of Live2Africa programme. The overall objective of the workshop was to identify key priority areas and main component of AHSA and discuss the formation of the Continental Network of Public and Private Actors involved in Animal Health in Africa (CAHP-AFRICA).
In his opening remarks the Director of AU-IBAR Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy represented by Dr. Baboucarr Jaw (Chief Animal Health Officer) emphasized that the global aim of developing the AHSA was to provide an overarching strategy to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of interventions in Animal health on the Continent. He said AU-IBAR was committed to creating a platform through which all the efforts/instruments on animal health issues on the continent can be consolidated without compromising or duplication of efforts by partners.
The meeting was organized through sessions of power point presentations, working group and plenary discussions on various issues related to AH. The sessions and topics covered included review of Global and regional Frameworks, analysing the Animal health situation on the Continent, assessing the Capacity building, Research, Collaboration and Coordination efforts and reviewing useful lessons from Livestock keepers and the industry perspectives.