Botswana, 28th November 2013
The fourth VET-GOV Programme Steering Committee (PSCM) Meeting was held in Gaborone, Botswana, on 28th November 2013 under the auspices of the SADC Secretariat preceeded by the Programme Management Committee Meeting (PMCM) held on 27th November 2013. It was attended by the Steering Committee Members and other participants from AU-IBAR and RECs.
The meeting was officially opened by Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR on behalf of the Commissioner DREA in presence of Mr. Mwangi Njuru representing the EC; Dr. Bouna Diop representing FAO; Dr. Neo Mapitse and Dr. Patrick Bastiaensen representing OIE, and representatives from COMESA, EAC, IGAD and SADC.
The PSC deliberated on the following key issues:
- Matters arising from the previous meeting and follow-up on reports;
- Technical Consolidated Progress report; and
- Financial report by AU-IBAR.
Following fruitful deliberations and,
Considering the mandate of the PSC to provide strategic guidance to the Programme and oversee coherent implementation of the different contribution agreements;
Noting the progress made by the project after the third Steering Committee Meeting in Abuja;
Taking cognizance of project implementation at country level and RECs;
The PSC commends the VET-GOV implementing partners for good partnerships and the important progress made since the last meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.
Forty participants from sixteen (16) African countries, one (1) from AU-IAPSC, three (3) from AU-DREA, four (4) from AU-IBAR and two (2) from World Trade Organization (WTO) attended, from 25th to 27th November 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe an AU-IBAR led workshop with the collaboration of WTO on the transparency provision of the SPS Committee of the WTO and on improvement of the participation of African delegates in the meetings of the SPS Committee. This workshop is dedicated to English-speaking countries of the African Union and Members of the WTO.
The following countries were represented: Botswana, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra-Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, was recently honored by the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) and the College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria (CVSN) with the prestigious award of the Fellowship of the College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria (FCVSN) honoris causa. The award was bestowed during the 4th convocation ceremony of the College that took place on 12th November 2013 at the ECOWAS secretariat, Abuja, Nigeria. According to the Provost of the College Prof J. U. Umoh, Prof. Elsawalhy was honored in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Veterinary profession.
The colorful ceremony that also marked the joint Golden and Silver anniversary celebrations of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) and the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) respectively, was witnessed by over 2000 Veterinarians and other stakeholders. Prof. Elsawalhy was honored in absentia alongside four other eminent personalities and global giants in the profession – General Yakubu Gowon – Former Head of State of Nigeria (1965-1975) who signed the VCN Decree into law in 1969; Dr Bernard Vallat- Director General of OIE; Dr Alex Thierman – OIE/Head of the Terrestrial Animal Health Commission; and Dr Jimmy Smith – the Director General of ILRI. The award was received on his behalf by Dr. Ibrahim Gashash Ahmed.