Two write-shops to finalize the drafts of the FISHGOV II Project proposal and Africa Fisheries Report with partners was organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the NEPAD Agency with support from the European Union from the 18th to 21st June, 2018 in Naivasha, Kenya.
The objectives of the write-shops were to:
- Review and finalize the proposal for second phase of the Fisheries Governance Project (FISHGOV II) in collaboration with the proposed partners of the project.
- Final Review and Compilation of the final draft of the First African Fisheries Report. The latter is a sequel to the outputs of the consultative Meeting on the formulation of Africa Fisheries Report which was held on the 5th to 6th September 2017 at the AU-IBAR offices in Nairobi, Kenya as well as the Expert Consultative Workshop on Preparation of African Fisheries Report from 22nd to 26th January, 2018 in Naivasha, Kenya
There were 10 participants who undertook to finalize the FISHGOV II Project proposal. The participants were from WorldFish, NEPAD and AU-IBAR. Three of the co-authors to the Africa Fisheries and Aquaculture Report participated in the second write-shop to the final draft of this report. The Cardno Technical Assistant on Fisheries Governance to the FISHGOV I project and AU-IBAR also participated in the write-shops and formulation process of the FishGov 2.
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