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AU-IBAR Strengthens Capacity of IGAD Member States in Project Proposal Formulation and Management

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Livestock Market.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Livestock Market.A 5-day training workshop on project proposal formulation and management was organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with ICPALD/IGAD within the scope of the Surveillance of Trade Sensitive Diseases (STSD) and the Reinforcing Animal Health Services in Somalia (RAHS) projects for IGAD Member States (MS) from 22nd-26th May 2017 at Eureka Place Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

Program and/or Project proposal development and management are essential in any development process. In most of the African countries, livestock programmes and projects are often poorly designed and inadequately targeted, leading to the inefficient and fragmented allocation of scarce development resources. Policies related to the livestock sector are often incoherent with ill-defined goals and with little or no assessment of their likely impact. The lack of consistent, integrated strategies, programs and projects that focus limited resources on identified and attainable goals remains a major constraint to livestock development. The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) has been developing and implementing programs and projects in African countries since its establishment in 1951. One of the major gaps identified is the inadequate capacity of Member States in developing and implementing programs and projects at national level in line with the latest international best practices. It is against this background that led MS to seek support from AU-IBAR to enhance their capacity in the development and implementation of relevant, competitive and bankable project proposals in order to mobilize resources from various partners and ensure implementation for results. The initial phase involves all the African MSs starting within the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region.

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85th General Session of OIE - 21st - 26th May 2017 - Paris, France - African Common Positions

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Technical Item 1

ItemComment / Africa Position
Technical Item I :

Global action to alleviate the threat of antimicrobial resistance: progress and opportunities for future activities under the "One Health" initiative

(Rapporteur : Mme. Khadija Id Sidi Yahia)

Africa sincerely congratulates the rapporteur for the excellent way in which he has conducted, evaluated and conveyed the results of the survey amongst OIE Member Countries. Africa is especially encouraged by the data reflecting the awareness and commitment amongst the majority of the 54 African Countries Members of OIE. We fully support the recommendations of the rapporteur especially as it relates to encouraging inter sectorial cooperation; continuation of regional workshops and the implementation of OIE standards as it relates to the use of antimicrobials and preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance in the animal sector. Although still difficult to fully implement in several African countries, Africa supports the recommendation that countries should be encouraged to change national legislation to require a veterinary prescription before delivery of antibiotics.
Technical Item II:

Public-Private Partnerships: expectations of private sector partners for international animal health and livestock development programmes
(Rapporteur : Dr. Samuel Thevasagayam)

Africa congratulates the rapporteur and co-workers for this excellent presentation. Africa fully supports the plea of the rapporteurs that Member Countries should make a concerted effort to create an enabling environment for the successful establishment and outcome of public-private partnerships especially as it relates to facilitate such partnerships with enabling legislation, good veterinary governance and the accountability of the veterinary service in such relationships.
Some Member Countries unfortunately had the unfortunate experience that some partnerships were not sustainable beyond the partnership period resulting in distrust for the establishments of partnerships. It is thus essential that especially in Africa where resources for the delivery of sustainable veterinary services are often limited, partnerships would ensure sustainability after termination of the partnership period.

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African OIE Delegates Reach Common Positions on Animal Health Standards for the 85th General Session of OIE

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20170509 1108 01© 2017 AU-IBAR. African OIE Delegates Reach Common Positions on Animal Health Standards for the 85th General Session of OIE.Under the auspices of the Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (Vet-Gov) project and the Standards and Trade Secretariat (STS), AU-IBAR convened the ninth meeting for OIE delegates, from 3rd to 5th May 2015 in Nairobi to examine the proposed changes in the OIE Terrestrial and Aquatic Codes submitted for adoption during the General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates which will take place in Paris, France from 21st to 26th May 2017.

In attendance were fifty two (52) Delegates from Africa Union Member States. Representative of FAO (ECTAD Nairobi), OIE sub-regional office for East Africa) and EU also participated in the meeting.

The meeting was officially opened by the Director of AU-IBAR Prof Ahmed El-Sawalhy on behalf of Her Excellency Madam Sacko Josefa Leonel Correa, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture. Prof. El-Sawalhy congratulated and welcomed the OIE Delegates of Algeria, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Uganda who were recently appointed and were attending this Pan-African CVOs meeting for the first time in that capacity. Prof El-Sawalhy noted that the impact of the participation of Africa in the General Sessions of OIE had increased tremendously and that the African block now plays a major role in the discussions taking place in the OIE. He stressed the need to sustain the momentum and keep working at improving participation in OIE standard-setting process. He acknowledged the importance of OIE standards in public health protection and market access. He therefore encouraged Member States to domesticate these standards in their national veterinary legislations and policies.

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