A regional consultative workshop on Establishing institutional collaboration on fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance in the East Africa-Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Region (EA-SA-IO), was organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the NEPAD Agency in collaboration with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with the support from the European Union from the 7th to 9th March 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana.
The workshop was organised as a follow-up to the recommendations and requests from Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFB) and the Member states (MS) from the EA-SA-Io region to AU-IBAR in a meeting that was held in Maputo Mozambique, 9th to 11th May 2016 with view to strengthening the region’s institutional collaboration on MCS and sharing of lessons learnt and best practices in fisheries management. In response to this request the AU-IBAR engaged the services of the consulting firm OLSPS Marine from South Africa to put together a draft regional framework for institutional collaboration and propose a regional mechanism for information sharing on MCS, lessons learnt and best practices in fisheries management in the EA-SA-IO region for further elaboration. The drafts were submitted to RECs for review and comment by AU-IBAR.
Upon AU-IBAR receiving feedback and the consultant incorporating comments received on the draft, this consultative workshop was organized. The objectives of the workshop were to:
- undertake further consultations to review and validate the draft framework.
- share success stories, lessons learnt and best practices in the fisheries sector of the EA-SA-IO region.
- identify the potential challenges, opportunities and priority actions for implementation of the framework.
- develop a mechanism for information sharing and operationalizing the framework.
An Animal Health Technical Meeting was held from 17th-19th January 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was attended by Animal Health Experts from Cote D’Ivoire, Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, and AU-IBAR.
The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Baboucarr Jaw (Chief Animal Health Officer) on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR Prof Ahmed El-Sawalhy.
The objective of the meeting were to:
- Review reports of scientific, ad hoc and code commissions and in particular proposed changes to the codes which will be submitted to the OIE’s Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission and the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission meetings in February 2018 in order to:
- Identify areas of high priority and common interest for Africa
- Analyse rationale, justification, consequences and impact (technical, institutional, legal, commercial) of proposed amendments to the Codes
- Propose common written comments and position for the African continent on these proposed amendments
- Endorse a global approach to strengthen African common position and improve participation all along the OIE standard setting process.
- Harmonize processes of consultation on OIE standards at national level, including ways of involving the private sector.
The African Union's InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) held an Expert meeting on Youth in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Agribusiness from 5th to 6th February 2018 in Le Ndiambour Hotel, Dakar, Senegal.
The meeting was part of AU-IBAR’s strategic programme aimed at unleashing the capacity of Africa's young women and men to effectively participate in the modernization of Africa’s agricultural sector for improved food security, economic development and poverty reduction through engagement in viable livestock, fisheries and aquaculture agribusinesses. Recognizing that Africa has the youngest population in the world, AU-IBAR’s philosophy remains that the youth present a unique force for driving Africa’s agricultural transformation by harnessing the potentials in animal resources (livestock, fisheries and wildlife). In this regard, AU-IBAR and the African Agricultural Incubators Network (AAIN) are partnering to deploy agribusiness solutions through youth-led livestock, fisheries and aquaculture business startups and incubators.
The meeting was opened by Dr. Baboucarr Jaw, Chief Animal Health Officer at AU-IBAR and attended by youth from Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda as well as facilitators from AAIN.
The Overall objective of the meeting was to support the youth to discuss a continental investment programme for supporting young people to engage in enterprising livestock, fisheries and aquaculture value chains. Prior to this February 2018 meeting, AU-IBAR through the EU-funded Veterinary Governance Programme had organized in collaboration with AAIN, a Youth in livestock agribusiness conference in Dakar, in September 2017. One of the main outcomes of the September 2017 conference was the formation of the African Youth in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Agribusiness Incubation Forum and the election of Executives for the Forum.