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Communiqué - Workshop on the Establishment of the East Africa Platform of Non State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (EARFISH)

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Workshop on the Establishment of the East Africa Platform of Non State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (EARFISH).© 2017 AU-IBAR. Workshop on the Establishment of the East Africa Platform of Non State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (EARFISH).Introduction

The Workshop to formally establish a platform of non-state actors (NSAs) in East Africa was jointly organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania from 18th-19th April 2017, in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania.

The overall objective of this regional workshop was to create and formalize the establishment of a recognised regional platform for active non-state actors in East Africa involved in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the region that will (i) will provide strategic leadership and coordination of all national and sub-national level NSAs in fisheries and aquaculture in the region (ii) articulate their needs and demands in regional and continental forums including fostering linkages or engagement with RECs, RFBs, AU, development partners.

The specific objectives were to:

  •  Enlighten participants on the AU-IBAR/NEPAD Agency programmes, relevant Malabo goals, Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS) and the Guide for implementation of the PFRS.
  • Enable NSAs representatives share information on the experiences, challenges and impacts of their work in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in their respective countries.
  • Brief the participants on the action plan developed in August 2015 for the processes of establishing East African Fisheries NSA Platform.
  • Develop Rules of procedures, establish governance structures/bureau bearers and action plans for the Eastern Africa NSA.
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Workshop on Strengthening Capacity and Promoting Regional Cooperation for Effective Combat Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (Iuu) Fishing in Central Africa Region

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.A regional workshop on strengthening monitoring, control and surveillance to effectively combat, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Central Africa was jointly organized by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), la Commission Régionale des Pêches du Golfe de Guinea (COREP), with support from the European Union, in Pointe Noire, the Republic of Congo, from 17th to 21st February 2017.

The overall objective of the meeting was to identify priority actions and mechanisms for establishing effective regional cooperation for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of fisheries and implementation of International Instruments. The specific objectives were to (i) examine reports on the status of MCS and International Instruments in Central Africa for adoption and validation, (ii) identify challenges and constraints for regional cooperation in the fight against IUU fishing, (iii) propose a framework for regional and sub-regional collaboration on MCS, and (iv) develop a roadmap for the establishing and strengthening of a regional coordination Cell (or Unit) of MCS in the Central Africa.

The meeting was attended by over 45 participants including Directors of Fisheries and MCS Experts from Central African coastal states (Cameroun, Gabon, Congo Rep., Congo Democratic Rep., Sao Tomé & Principe, Equatorial Guinea, and Angola), COREP, experts and African Union staff.

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Somali Livestock Trade: A Menu of Options to Relieve the Current Ban

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© 2017 AU-IBAR/George Matete. Export Livestock Being Fattened. © 2017 AU-IBAR/George Matete. Export Livestock Being Fattened. The trade in livestock and livestock products plays a key role in Somalia’s economic and social development. Its contribution to employment creation, the gross domestic product and export earnings is known. At a household level, the livestock holdings contribute to household resilience and better livelihood by increasing the percentage of their incomes derived from diverse livestock and livestock products and being used to adapt to shocks. It is critical that more Somali livestock traders are educated on the central role they play in livestock certification for export and the adherence to quarantine standard operating procedures. In particular, the owners of the seven livestock export quarantines must cede ground to the public sector and allow them access and control of the livestock inspection, export certification and laboratory testing within the quarantines.

The promotion of trade is one of the facilities that stimulate the export markets. It is one of the opportunities overlooked with the role of government being marginal and that of the private sector over emphasised. However, with increasing trade facilitation adherence to Sanitary and Phytosanitary standards requires attention in order to stimulate growth of exports. Many of the key importing countries are converting the Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary Agreement (SPS) into Technical Barriers in a manner which would constitute a means of arbitrary or unjustifiable discrimination and thus restrictive to trade. There is need for the Somali trade regulators to ensure that traders maintain all the measures prescribed by the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) so as to avoid trade restrictions. The existing international agreements recognize that "no country should be prevented from taking measures necessary to ensure the quality of its imports, or for the protection of human, animal or plant life or health, of the environment, or for the prevention of deceptive practices."

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