The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and its partners the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and WorldFish in collaboration with the government of Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanzania with support from the European Union organised an Experts’ Consultative Meeting on Strengthening Fish Trade Information System in Africa. The aim of the meeting was to ensure effective data collection and information dissemination in order to support decision making and facilitate intra-African trade in fisheries products. The workshop was held from 29th June - 1st July 2016 in Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanzania.
The specific objectives of the meeting were: i) Sharing of experience and best practices between fish trade portals from different regions in the continent and how they can help improve one another; ii) Jointly with all stakeholders assess the current status and linkages of information systems implemented on the continent; iii) Develop a clear roadmap/ work plan with specific activities to be undertaken, in order to strengthen these portals, their promotion and how to make them sustainable.
The meeting was attended by 44 participants including representatives from existing fish trade portals in the continent (INFOPECHE with its sub-unit INFOSA, GLOBEFISH, INFOSAMAK, EFMIS-Ke), AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Fisheries Bodies, Private sector organisations, Developmental partners, WorldFish and staffs from AUC (AU-IBAR and NPCA). The list of participants is attached as annex to this communiqué.
The opening ceremony was marked by statements from Dr Motseki Hlatshwayo, on behalf of the SADC Executive Secretary; Dr. Sloans Chimatiro, Program Manager Fish Trade, WorldFish, on behalf of the Africa Regional Director; Dr Simplice Nouala, Chief Animal Production Officer on behalf of the Director AU-IBAR. The meeting was officially opened by The Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries, Zanzibar, Dr Hamad Rashid Mohammed in the presence of The Permanent Secretary, Dr Juma Ali.
The meeting was facilitated by AU-IBAR and sessions chaired by EAC/LVFO and COMESA. The meeting was informed by presentations, plenary discussions and group work sessions.
The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanzania with support from the European Union organised Expert Consultation Meeting on a roadmap for Establishing Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa in order to strengthen the capacity of the continent for improved management and development of its fisheries and aquaculture resources so as to ensure increased sustainable contribution of the sector to food security, poverty alleviation and economic growth. The meeting was held from 27th to 28th of June 2016 in Zanzibar Beach Resort in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania.
The specific objectives of the meeting were: i) to agree on the scope and priority areas to be covered by the Centres of Excellence, ii) to discuss the institutional framework and sustainability mechanism, and, iii) to propose a roadmap for the establishment of centre of excellence.
The meeting was attended by 39 participants that included representatives from AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Fisheries Bodies, Research and academia institutions from and outside the continent, Developmental partners, CSOs and staffs from AUC (AUC-DREA and AU-IBAR).
The opening ceremony was marked by statements from Dr Motseki Hlatshwayo, on behalf of the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Simplice Nouala, Chief Animal Production Officer on behalf of the Director AU-IBAR and the meeting was officially opened by The Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries, Zanzibar, Dr Hamad Rashid Mohammed in the presence of The Principal Secretary, Dr Juma Ali.
The Third Executive Committee and Working Group Meeting of the African Apiculture Platform (AAP) on Honey Production, Bee Health and Pollination Services was held from 6th to 8th June at the New Africa Hotel in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. The AAP is the pivotal continental apiculture multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) that brings together sector actors with the goal of elevating the apiculture sector across the continent. Key objectives of the AAP are facilitating collaboration of stakeholders, advocating for an enabling policy framework for the sector, advocating for increased public and private investment, knowledge sharing, capacity development and partnership building.
Facilitated by the African Union-InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), which is mandated to provide leadership in the development of Africa’s animal resources, the AAP draws on the convening power of the African Union to bring key public sector actors i.e.., AU Member States (MS) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on to the same forum with private sector, beekeeper associations, non-governmental organizations, and academia and research institutions among other key caucuses. This gives the Platform legitimacy, unprecedented leverage, and a strong mandate for substantive agenda setting, policy reform, decision making and advocacy.
The Executive Committee, a twenty-seven person body representative of the main caucuses in the Platform, is vested with the leadership of the Platform, and executing the decisions and recommendations of the General Assembly. Three permanent expert Working Groups, the Bee Health Working Group, the Production, Marketing and Technologies Working Group, and the Pollination Services and Biodiversity Working Group are mandated to advice the AAP on strategic issues of import to the Platform.
The Meeting was attended by 40 delegates from 21 Member States: Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The Purpose of the Meeting was to consolidate the work of the Platform for 2016, streamlining the work plans of the EC and WGs in alignment with the decisions and recommendations of the General Assembly, and the specific terms of reference of the organs.