A Codex Alimentarius Colloquium was held for Codex Delegates from Africa and Codex Delegates from the United States of America, from 14th to 16th February 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was convened jointly by the African Union’s InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources, the U.S. Codex Office, Foreign Agricultural Services of the United States Department of Agriculture, and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).
The meeting was opened by Dr. Andrew K. Tuimur, Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary for Livestock at the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. There were also statements from Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy (Director, AU-IBAR), Ms. Mary Frances Lowe (U.S. Codex Manager), Dr. Francis Nang’ayo (Senior Manager for Regulatory Affairs at AATF), and Dr. Maritim Kimutai (Chairperson for CCAFRICA).
The overall objective of the meeting was to exchange views and share experiences between African Codex Delegates who are members of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) and U.S. Codex Delegates on draft Codex standards to be discussed by the upcoming meetings of the following Codex committees:
- 12th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF), 12th to 16th March 2018, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
- 50th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA), 26th to 30th March 2018, Xiamen, Peoples Republic of China.
- 24th Session of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF), 23rd to 27th April 2018, Chicago, United States of America.
A consultative workshop on enhancing regional capacity for fisheries observer and fishing vessel register programmes (including interactive discussions on coastal, port and flag states measures) was organized by African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). The meeting was held in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and with support from the EU within the provision of the FISHGOV project.
The meeting was held from the 7th to 9th February 2018 at Bamburi Beach Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya.
The overall objective of this workshop was to reinforce the capacity of African Union coastal states for effective implementation of fisheries observer and fishing vessel register programmes.
The specific objectives were to:
- Train AU Member States on the duties, obligation and responsibilities of fisheries observers onboard fishing vessels at sea based on the manuals developed.
- Share perspectives on the effective and sustainable implementation of regional fisheries observers and regional fishing vessel programmes.
- Demonstrate the application of a database on regional fishing vessel that has been developed by AU-IBAR.
- Deepen understanding and implications of the basic tenets of coastal, port and flag states measures and develop priority actions for effective implementation.
A closeout meeting of the Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Trade in the IGAD Members (STSD) Project, an EU funded project, was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the IGAD/ICPALD on 12th January 2018 at Travellers Beach Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya. A total of 24 participants from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda attended the meeting as well as technical staffs from AU-IBAR, IGAD/ICPALD, AU-PANVAC and FAO.
Rationale and objectives
The overall objective was to bring together all the STSD beneficiary countries to share experience, lessons learned, best practices, Challenges, opportunities and gaps on project implementation, as well as share thoughts on the way forward and recommendations for countries to sustain achievements/benefits realized through the project.
The meeting is also intended to provide an opportunity to strengthen coordination, networking and information sharing among all the IGAD Members States participating in the project. Thus, it is expected to present an opportunity to share ideas and make commitments on important issues related to national and regional coordination mechanisms and networks, common cross-border strategies, joint program/activities, collaboration between livestock key stakeholders, as well as communication sectors at national and supranational levels. Important lessons learned and interventions introduced to mitigate gaps will be shared and their -sustainability discussed.
These include especially the following:
- National and Regional Coordination Mechanism including national and regional animal health networks.
- Enhancement of Disease Surveillance, especially harmonization of surveillance systems, information sharing and the Risk Based approach to disease surveillance.
- Enhancement of Livestock identification and traceability systems (LITS) at national and regional levels.
- The sustainable capacity building of Africa's animal/human health systems.
- Discussion on the "STSD and SMP-AH idea" and the way forward with the aim objective of developing a new program to further develop the capacity of National Animal Diseases Surveillance Systems (NADSS) in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) Beyond 2018.