From 23rd to 24th July 2018, Cairo, Egypt.
Opening Speech of The Director of AU-IBAR.
- Representatives of the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt
- Deans of Veterinary Education Establishments
- Heads and Representatives of Veterinary Statutory Bodies
- The Chief Executive of the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), Dr. Alex Ariho
- Representatives of Continental, Regional and National Networks for Women
- Members of the African Women in Animal Resources Farming and Agribusiness Network (AWARFA-N)
- Youth engaged in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture value chains
- Colleagues from AU-IBAR
- Ladies and Gentlemen
- Good Morning
On behalf of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E Moussa Mahamat Faki and the Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, H.E. Sacko Josefa Leonel Correa and on my own behalf, I welcome you to participate in the expert meetings and trainings namely:
- Experts’ Meeting for the African Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V)
- Experts’ Meeting for the Association of African Veterinary Statutory Bodies (2AVSB)
- Experts’ Meeting for the African Women in Animal Resources Farming and Agribusiness Network (AWARFA-N) and
- Business incubation management training for members of the African Youth in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Incubators Network (AYL-FAIN).
I am really grateful to all of you for your commitments since we started this journey in July 2017 in Dakar Senegal and also for making time to attend these events.
In accordance with the ongoing process for the selection of reputable institutions as Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa, AU-IBAR organized a series of verification missions to the short listed Institutions in Nigeria, Malawi, Egypt and South Africa for the experts assessment for their selection as African Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Against this background an Expert Review Meeting on Findings of The Verification Missions to Short-Listed Institutions for Selection as African 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 29th to 30th of May, 2018 at AU-IBAR offices in Nairobi, Kenya as a follow-up to the recommendation of the Planning Meeting for Experts Verification Mission, held in March, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The main objectives of this Experts Review meeting were to undertake a detailed technical review of the findings by the Expert Mission, for informed decision making on selection of the institutions that were assessed by the experts; and to propose appropriate recommendations on the way forward.
The meeting was attended by 8 Experts from AquaEco, South Africa; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; WAFICOS, Uganda; University of Zambia; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; Alexandria University, Egypt; University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone; a retired Director of AU-IBAR Dr. Modibo Traore as the Technical Team Leader of the Verification Mission and relevant staff from AU-IBAR.
The 10th Pan African meeting of Africa’s National Codex Contact Point Officers to develop coordinated position on Codex standards was held from 17th to 18th May 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was officially opened by Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR. There were opening remarks from Dr. Maritim Kimutai, Chairperson of FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) and Mr. Sebasteien Goux, Deputy Head of Unit on Multilateral International Relations of the European Union.
The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. John Oppong-Otoo, Food Safety Officer, at AU-IBAR and Dr. Maritim Kimutai. Delegates from 41 African Union Member States, and Representative from ECOWAS, EU attended the meeting. During the meeting, reports and draft standards from 8 Codex committees were reviewed by participants.
The meeting led to the adoption of African common positions on draft Codex standards scheduled for adoption at the 41st Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission which will be held in Rome, Italy from the 2nd to 6th July 2018.
Other issues discussed during the meeting included:
- Africa’s participation in Codex electronic working groups
- The Codex Trust Fund and
- Data Generation to support Codex work
The African Union mandatory ethics training of staff on the African Union Code of Ethics and Conduct; and harassment Policy; and , Anti-fraud and Corruption Policy was conducted for AU-IBAR Staff Members from 14th to 15th May 2018 at the AU-IBAR conference room, Nairobi, Kenya.
The training session for the year 2018 was kick started at AU-IBAR and was attended by all AU-IBAR staff members. The major topics covered during the training include:
- The African Union Code of Ethics and Conduct.
- The African Union Harassment Policy.
- The African Union Anti-corruption and Fraud policy.
The 10th Pan African meeting of Africa's CVOs and OIE delegates to develop coordinated position on animal health standards was held from 23rd to 26th April 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Obadiah Njagi, Director of Veterinary Services and Chief Veterinary Officer for Kenya, on behalf of the Kenyan Government. There were opening remarks from Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR; Mr. Njuru Mwangi, Representative of the European Union Delegation in Kenya; and Mr. Vipya Harawa, Clerk of Pan African Parliament.
The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Baboucarr Jaw, Chief Animal Health Officer at AU-IBAR and Dr. Michael Modisane, CVO of South Africa and President of the OIE, whose tenure as President of OIE ends after the 86th General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates, having served a three year term. The Pan African CVOs/OIE Delegates meeting is a meeting for African CVOs, Directors of Veterinary Services and OIE Delegates. The meeting was attended by delegates from 41 African countries, and Representatives from SADC, UMA, ECCAS, IGAD, EU, USDA, FAO, and OIE.
The main outcome of the meeting was the adoption of African common positions on draft OIE Chapters scheduled for adoption at the 86th General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates which will be held in Paris, France from 20th to 25th May 2018.
Partnership meetings were also held between African Union Member States, Representatives of the European Union and the United States Department of Agriculture to foster dialogue and information sharing on draft Chapters of OIE with the view to facilitating the adoption of these standards during the 86th OIE General Session.
- AU - IBAR Provides Support for African Union Member States to Develop and Validate their National Strategies and 5 Year Action Plans for the Control and Eradication of Peste de Petits Ruminants (PPR)
- AU-IBAR Convenes Technical Meeting on Draft OIE Animal and Aquatic Health Standards, 17th to 19th January 2018, Nairobi, Kenya
- AU-IBAR and AAIN organizes an Expert Meeting on Youth in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Agribusiness
- Codex Alimentarius Colloquium between Codex Africa (CCAFRICA) Delegates and US Delegates, Nairobi, Kenya from 14th to 16th February 2018