The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the Pan African Parliament (PAP) held a training programme for 21 parliamentatians from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo, Cote D’ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Mali, Niger, Central African Republic, Sahrawi Republic, Chad, Togo and Tunisia. The training took place at Sofitel Hotel in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire from 21st to 23rd November 2016.
In his welcoming remarks, The Director of AU-IBAR Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy informed participants that the African Union, through the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR) has significantly improved the participation of African delegates in the activities of international organizations responsible for the development of international sanitary and Phytosanitary standards (OIE, Codex, IPPC) as well as their participation in the meetings of the SPS Committee.
Prof Ahmed emphasised that despite marked progress, there is still work to be done in terms of adequately briefing key decision-makers such as the policy makers and legislators. This will be instrumental to any endeavour aiming at further enhancing the participation of African nations in standard setting organisations. It is therefore important to explain, share and sensitize the Honourable MPs on these issues and to build a strong coalition to address all the issues that are of relevance to the continent.
He further informed the audience that AU-IBAR is also promoting policy dialog at national level, through the reinforcing veterinary governance in Africa programme. This is being done through the establishment and operationalization of policy hubs which bring together state and non-state actors to discuss issues of relevance to the livestock sector and build national consensus on the best options to address these issues. These policy dialogue platforms have the potential to bring about meaningful change in enhancing the institutional environment for a better delivery of services thereby catalyzing investment. He reiterated AU-IBAR’s commitment to continue supporting these platforms and called for parliamentarians support to sustain them in order to bring about greater sense of ownership among public sector actors as well as private sector operators.
The 2017 World Aquaculture Conference, a major annual event of the World Aquaculture Society, shall for the first time be held in Africa with the involvement of countries throughout from the Africa continent and the world. Aquaculture is rapidly growing in Africa and is increasingly becoming integrated into the continent’s food systems and socio-economic development strategies. The transformation in the continent’s aquaculture development approach is enshrined in the ‘Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa’. This strategy that is currently under implementation serves as the continent’s blue print for aquaculture development. The strategic objective for aquaculture under this strategy is to jump-start market-led sustainable aquaculture based upon sound scientific principles and evidencebased strategies and implementation plans.
This is therefore the perfect time for the world aquaculture community to focus on Africa. World Aquaculture 2017 additionally provides an opportunity for Africa’s aquaculture producers, service providers and policy makers to directly interact, learn lessons, and build networks with each other and the global aquaculture community.
The African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a lead player guiding the implementing of the continental aquaculture policy welcomes this event being hosted in South Africa under the auspices of the Aquaculture Association of South Africa (AASA) in collaboration with the Government of South Africa.
Kampala, Uganda. 9 – 11 November 2016. A Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for trade amongst private sector associations, in particular of women fish processors and traders on fish handling, hygiene and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures along the post-harvest value chain was organised by African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in partnership with NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and WorldFish with support from the European Union and collaboration with the Government of Uganda. The training was held from 9th to 11th November 2016 in Kampala, Uganda.
The objectives of the training workshop were to (1) Develop the capacity of women association on hygiene and implementation of SPS measure for production and handling of safe and quality fish products; (2) Identify institutional constraints that are bottlenecks to quality assured production and access of fish products to lucrative markets; (3) Networking, sharing of experience and best practices on post-harvest activities between associations from different regions in the continent.
The training workshop was attended by 37 participants mainly women representatives of fish processor and trader associations from the following African Union Member States: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, the Gambia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; a representative of MOSFA (Media Observatory for Sustainable Fishing in Africa) and staff from AU-IBAR.
The opening ceremony of the workshop was marked by statement by Dr. Simplice Nouala Representing the Director of AU-IBAR. The official opening of the training workshop was by Hon. Minister of State for Animal Industry the Republic of Uganda, Mrs. Joy Kabatsi. She acknowledged the importance of fish and fishery products for food and nutrition security as well as livelihood and economic development of many women and families in Africa. She emphasized the importance of ensuring the fish is healthy and safe for human consumption, and attracts good price from buyers. The Hon. Minister encouraged participants to effectively take advantage of the training of trainers by learning and transfer the skills and empower other women in their associations or communities; and the effect of value addition through improved processing facilities.