A preparatory meeting of Experts to undertake verification visits to shortlisted institutions for selection as Africa Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture was organised by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) within the provisions of the Fisheries Governance Project with support from European Union.
The meeting was held from the 15th to 16th March 2018 at AU-IBAR offices in Nairobi, Kenya and was a follow-up to the recommendations from related meetings held in 2016 in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania and also in 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The main objectives of this preparatory meeting were to:
- Formulate Terms of References (ToRs) and criteria for scoring for the expert verification assessment of the short-listed institutions
- Agree on a harmonized and approach for the verification missions
- Undertake preliminary review of the submitted dossiers by the short-listed institutions against the formulated criteria for scoring
The meeting was attended by 8 Experts namely: Mr. Etienne Hinrichsen- AquaEco, South Africa; Dr. Paul Onyango- University of Dar es salaam, Tanzania; Mr. Ben Kiddu- Technical Manager WAFICOS, Uganda; Dr. Hangombe Bernard Mudenda, University of Zambia; Dr. Daniel Adjei-Boateng- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; Prof. Abdel-Fattah El-Sayed– Alexandria University, Egypt; Dr. Andrew Baio – University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone; Dr Modibo Traore, retired Director of AU-IBAR and the Technical Team Leader of the Verfication Mission. Also in attendance were also staff from AU-IBAR, Prof Ahmed El-sawahly- Director of AU-IBAR, Dr Mohamed Seisay- Senior Fisheries Officer; Dr Nelly Isyagi- Aquaculture Officer and Ms Hellen Moepi- Project Assistant Fisheries Governance.
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.