The 3rd steering committee meeting for the SMP-AH project was held in Kampala, Uganda on 3rd June 20114 with the main aim of provide guidance on the overall direction of the project to achieve its desired goal and to facilitate synergies and complementarities with the related STSD project-whose 1st Steering Committee meeting was held back-to-back.
The meeting was chaired by the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission, H.E. Mrs Rhoda Peace Tumusiime. In attendance were representatives of key stakeholders with a stake in the surveillance, prevention and control of trade-related TADs and trade in livestock and livestock products. AU-IBAR and its partner organisations, including, IGAD, USAID, OIE, FAO and ILRI were fully represented. In addition, the Livestock traders' Association, North Eastern African Livestock Council (NEALCO) was in attendance. As well, Member states, including, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda were represented. The meeting was graced with the presence of Hon. Bright Rwamirama, Minister of State for Animal Industry in Uganda.
AU-IBAR, in partnership with the Government of Burundi, organized a national workshop for the consolidation of the National SPS committee, in the scope of the PANSPSO project. The workshop was held on 8th and 9th July 2014 in Bujumbura, Burundi.
The National SPS Committee has been officially established in 2013 in Burundi, through the signature of a presidential decree.
The National SPS committee is functional and holds regular meeting, gathering representatives of stakeholders from both the public and private sector, involved in SPS related activities. The National SPS committee main objective is to improve coordination and consultation between the various actors of the SPS arena.
The meeting was attended by 25 participants from various public institutions and civil society organizations. It was officially opened by Madam Marie Rose NIZIGIYIMANA, Minister for Trade, Industry, Posts and tourism of the Republic of Burundi.
The VET-GOV Programme launched Livestock Policy Hubs (LPH) in Somalia in two ceremonies held in Garowe, Puntland State of Somalia 19-20 June, 2014 and Hargeisa, in Somaliland 23-24 June, 2014. The ceremonies in Garowe and Hargeisa were held back to back with the launching of the Reinforcing Animal Health Services (RAHS) Project in Somalia followed by Animal Resources Information Systems (ARIS) training supported by the Surveillance for Trade Sensitive Diseases (STSD) Project of AU-IBAR.
The Garowe meeting was opened by H.E. Abdihakim Abdulahi Haji Omar Camy, Vice President and Acting President of the Puntland State of Somalia. In attendance were Hon. Prof. Salim Alio Ibro, Minister for Livestock Forestry and Range (MLFR) of the Federal Republic of Somalia; Hon. Abdullahi Duuale, Minister for Livestock and Animal Husbandry (MOLAH) of Puntland State of Somalia; Ms Daria Fane, Head of Cooperation EU Somalia Delegation; Dr. Henry Wamwayi, representing the Director AU-IBAR and Mr. Ibrahim Hared Director General MOLAH. In attendance also were Hon. Abdi Ismail Boss, Minister of Agriculture Puntland State of Somalia; Hon. Dr. Mohamed Gaeshaan, former State Minister for Good Governance in the Puntland State of Somalia; Hon. Guleed, Minister of Environment in the Puntland State of Somalia; Mr. Damiano Lotteria, the Regional representative of COOPI; and Dr. Paul Rwambo, representing the Regional Director of Terra Nuova in Eastern Africa.