AU-IBAR, under the scope of the Veterinary Governance Programme and the Standards and Trade Secretariat, convened the seventh meeting for African National Codex Contact Points from 15th to 17th June 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya to examine the proposed Codex standards and related texts submitted for adoption during the 39th Session the Codex Alimentarius Commission to take place in Rome, Italy from 27th June to 1st July 2016.
Of attendance were fifty seven African Delegates from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, G. Equatorial, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Two observer organizations were in attendance namely the EU representative and IGAD.
The NCCPs agreed and adopted common positions that they will articulate during the 39th Session of CAC. The meeting also adopted a number of recommendations related to enhance AU member states’ participation in Codex work and better organization of national Codex committees.
The World Bank Practice Manager in charge of Africa Environmental and Fisheries, Ms Magda Lovei paid courtesy call on the Director of AU-IBAR, Professor Ahmed El-sawalhy. The meeting took place in the premises of AU-IBAR on the 19th May 2016.
The Director of AU-IBAR welcomed the World Bank Practice Manager and expressed appreciation for the excellent collaboration with the Bank in the successful implementation of the GEF/World Bank funded programme "Strategic Partnership for Fisheries Investment Fund (SPFIF)" that was implemented from 2007 to 2011 in collaboration with FAO and WWF. Without doubt, the AU-IBAR Director noted, this programme initiated the growing institutional collaboration in the management of Africa fisheries as well as created awareness on the importance of good governance in the management of Africa large marine ecosystems. In her Remarks, the World Bank Practice Manager, Ms Magda Lovei, expressed delight at being welcome at AU-IBAR to meet with collaborating partners. She assured the AU-IBAR Director of the Bank’s continuing commitment in fisheries development on the continent for improved transparency in order to harness the potential of the sector for improved food security and economic growth. Both the Director and Ms. Magda Lovei noted the importance of collaboration and coordination between the two institutions as was manifested by the very successful outcome of the jointly organized workshop, held in Elmina, Ghana, March 2016, on enhancing African journalists’ skills in accurately communicating issues in fisheries.
Fisheries and aquaculture make critical contributions to economic activities in Africa especially in the areas of rural development, improved livelihood, employment (the vast majority of whom live in the rural areas, working in fish production); food security and nutrition (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein); and trade, (with a third of fishery commodity production in developing countries destined for export).
The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) through the Fisheries Governance Project “Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa” targets at enhancing the contribution of fisheries resources to food security and economic growth in Africa by improving institutional and policy environment for sustainable management and utilization of fisheries resources in Africa.
The specific objective of the project is achieved through the following results areas:
- Result 1: Institutional capacity and regulatory frameworks for sustainable fisheries management improved;
- Result 2: Sustainable fisheries management in small-scale fisheries including inland water bodies enhanced;
- Result 3: Institutional capacity and regulatory framework for aquaculture development strengthened;
- Result 4: Advocacy, Lessons Learning for knowledge sharing and Capacity for increased investments and fostering reforms in the fisheries sector enhanced.
Promoting innovation, activism and improving knowledge transfer to end-users is considered an effective approach in implementing Result 4 for progressive integration of fisheries and aquaculture in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda and linkages for investment across Africa. To this effect AU-IBAR would like to commemorate the significance of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa through the publication of a Special December 2016 Edition of the Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa (BAHPA).