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Communiqué - Surveillance of Trade Sensitive Diseases (STSD) Project Closeout Meeting

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© 2018 AU-IBAR. Participants of the STSD closeout meeting;12th Jan 2018.© 2018 AU-IBAR. Participants of the STSD closeout meeting;12th Jan 2018.A closeout meeting of the Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Trade in the IGAD Members (STSD) Project, an EU funded project, was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the IGAD/ICPALD on 12th January 2018 at Travellers Beach Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya. A total of 24 participants from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda attended the meeting as well as technical staffs from AU-IBAR, IGAD/ICPALD, AU-PANVAC and FAO.

Rationale and objectives

The overall objective was to bring together all the STSD beneficiary countries to share experience, lessons learned, best practices, Challenges, opportunities and gaps on project implementation, as well as share thoughts on the way forward and recommendations for countries to sustain achievements/benefits realized through the project.

The meeting is also intended to provide an opportunity to strengthen coordination, networking and information sharing among all the IGAD Members States participating in the project. Thus, it is expected to present an opportunity to share ideas and make commitments on important issues related to national and regional coordination mechanisms and networks, common cross-border strategies, joint program/activities, collaboration between livestock key stakeholders, as well as communication sectors at national and supranational levels. Important lessons learned and interventions introduced to mitigate gaps will be shared and their -sustainability discussed.

These include especially the following:

  • National and Regional Coordination Mechanism including national and regional animal health networks.
  • Enhancement of Disease Surveillance, especially harmonization of surveillance systems, information sharing and the Risk Based approach to disease surveillance.
  • Enhancement of Livestock identification and traceability systems (LITS) at national and regional levels.
  • The sustainable capacity building of Africa's animal/human health systems.
  • Discussion on the "STSD and SMP-AH idea" and the way forward with the aim objective of developing a new program to further develop the capacity of National Animal Diseases Surveillance Systems (NADSS) in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) Beyond 2018.
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AU-IBAR Holds a Workshop for Capacity Building and Relaunch of the National SPS Committee of the United Republic of Tanzania

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. AU-IBAR Holds a Workshop for Capacity Building and Relaunch of the National SPS Committee of the United Republic of Tanzania 23rd - 25th October, 2017.© 2017 AU-IBAR. AU-IBAR Holds a Workshop for Capacity Building and Relaunch of the National SPS Committee of the United Republic of Tanzania 23rd - 25th October, 2017.AU IBAR held a training workshop in Dar Es Salaam for capacity building of the National Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee of the United Republic of Tanzania. The objectives of the workshop were:

  • to improve the understanding of the participants on the standards setting procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).
  • to improve the understanding of participants on the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Mphumuzi Sukati (who was also representing the Director of AU IBAR), Mr. John Oppong-Otoo (Food Safety Officer, AU-IBAR) and Dr. Hiver Boussini (Animal Health Officer, AU-IBAR). The trainees were members of the National SPS Committee and included participants from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Research and Academic Institutions, Organizations representing Industry Groups and Consumer Association. Fifty participants attended the training.

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Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa (BAHPA) Special Edition of March 2018 – Fish Trade and Marketing

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Call for Abstracts

Trade plays a major role in the fisheries and aquaculture sector as an employment creator, food supplier, income generator, and contributor to economic growth and development, and to food and nutrition security (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein).
The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is implementing two fisheries projects: Fisheries governance Project and the Fish trade Project.

The Fisheries Governance Project "Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa" currently implemented by AU-IBAR and NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), 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.
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Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa (BAHPA) Special Edition of March 2018 – Fish Trade and Marketing

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Call for Abstracts

Trade plays a major role in the fisheries and aquaculture sector as an employment creator, food supplier, income generator, and contributor to economic growth and development, and to food and nutrition security (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein). The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is implementing two fisheries projects: Fisheries governance Project and the Fish trade Project.

The Fisheries Governance Project "Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa" currently implemented by AU-IBAR and NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), 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.
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AU-IBAR Supports Gambia to Strengthen its National Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee (NSPSC) and National Codex Committee (NCC)

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. AU-IBAR Supports Gambia to Strengthen its National Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee (NSPSC) and National Codex Committee (NCC).© 2017 AU-IBAR. AU-IBAR Supports Gambia to Strengthen its National Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee (NSPSC) and National Codex Committee (NCC).The workshop on SPS capacity building and sustainable strategy for the national Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee of The Gambia was held from 25th to 28th September 2017 at Ocean Bay Hotel in Banjul, The Gambia.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • Improve the understanding of the participants on the standards setting procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), World Animal Health Organization (OIE) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).

  • Improve understanding of participants on the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

Thirty-five participants who are members of the Gambia National Codex Committee (NCC) and National Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee (NSPSC) and a Representative from the FAO country office in The Gambia attended the workshop.

The workshop was opened by the Ms. Nancy A. Niang, Permanent Secretary for Health at the Office of the Vice President. Opening statements was also delivered by Dr. Mphumuzi Sukati, Senior Policy Officer for Economics, Trade and Marketing at AU-IBAR on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy.