A workshop on national and regional fisheries and aquaculture policies in Africa is underway in Kampala, Uganda from 20-22 May, 2015.
Africa has vast fisheries and aquaculture resources. However, numerous challenges undermine the ability of Africa's fisheries to contribute sustainably to economic growth, livelihoods, food security, nutrition and healthy ecosystems. Among the major causes for the continued under- performance within the sector are the lack of policy coherence and coordination, increasing levels of IUU fishing, weak intra-regional and international trade, weak capacity for aquaculture development and poorly developed artisanal fisheries sector.
Disease Prioritization Exercise for the East African Community (EAC)
Kigali, Rwanda 11th-17th May 2015
A regional disease prioritization exercise for the East African Community (EAC) was organized from 11th to 17th May 2015, at Sports View Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. The exercise involved experts from veterinary services, public health and wildlife from all the EAC partner states namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, EAC secretariat and AU-IBAR.
The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Theogen Rutagwenda, Director General of Animal Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Republic of Rwanda. The EAC Secretariat and AU-IBAR remarks were delivered by Dr. William Olaho Mukani and Dr. Samuel Muriuki respectively
The objectives of the disease prioritization exercise are:
- To undertake prioritization of transboundary animal diseases (TADs) and zoonoses at national level for all partner states
- To undertake prioritization of TADs and zoonoses at regional level
- To categorize different TADs and zoonoses and identify/propose options (including resourcing) for their effective control at national and regional levels
- To identify/propose potential roles for different stakeholders in the management of TADs and zoonoses
- The outcomes of the regional prioritization exercise were:
- A list of priority diseases for every EAC partner states produced;
- A list of priority diseases for the EAC region produced;
- Categorization of disease control interventions at partner states' and regional levels;
- Definition of the roles of different stakeholders.
AU-IBAR, under the scope of the consolidation phase of the project Participation of African Nations in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard Setting Organizations (PANSPSO Phase 2), convened the seventh meeting for OIE delegates, from 4th to 6th 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 to take place in Paris, France from 24th to 29th May 2015.
In attendance were thirty five African Delegates from Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. COMESA, EAC, ECCAS and IGAD were also represented.
Representatives of FAO (ECTAD Nairobi) and OIE (OIE Deputy Regional Representative for Africa, OIE sub-regional office for East Africa, PANVAC and PATTEC) also participated in the meeting.
The African OIE Delegates and the representatives of RECs agreed on common positions that the 54 African countries members of OIE will present at the 83rd General Session of OIE.
During a closed session, the OIE Delegates deliberated on the general elections at the OIE and reached a consensus on the African candidates vying for various positions.