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.
The African Union - Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in line with its mandate and in continuation of the effort started in 2017 to prevent, control and eradicate PPR from the African continent, organized a 4-day write-shop for 16 African Union Member States (AU-MS) to develop their national PPR strategies and 5 year action plans. The write shop was held in Naivasha, Kenya from 04th to 07th April 2018.
In 2017, 21 countries and two Regional Economic Communities (RECs) were supported technically and financially to develop and validate their national PPR strategies and 5 year action plans that were aligned to the global PPR-Global Control and Eradication Strategy (PPR-GCES) and the Pan African Strategy for the Control and Eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants.
In order to ensure a coordinated and harmonized approach to the control and eradication of PPR in Africa, the objective of the write-shop was to provide support to the remaining 24 African countries to develop and validate their National PPR control and Eradication Strategies and 5 year action plans.
An Animal Health Technical Meeting was held from 17th-19th January 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was attended by Animal Health Experts from Cote D’Ivoire, Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, and AU-IBAR.
The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Baboucarr Jaw (Chief Animal Health Officer) on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR Prof Ahmed El-Sawalhy.
The objective of the meeting were to:
- Review reports of scientific, ad hoc and code commissions and in particular proposed changes to the codes which will be submitted to the OIE’s Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission and the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission meetings in February 2018 in order to:
- Identify areas of high priority and common interest for Africa
- Analyse rationale, justification, consequences and impact (technical, institutional, legal, commercial) of proposed amendments to the Codes
- Propose common written comments and position for the African continent on these proposed amendments
- Endorse a global approach to strengthen African common position and improve participation all along the OIE standard setting process.
- Harmonize processes of consultation on OIE standards at national level, including ways of involving the private sector.
- 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
- Communiqué - Surveillance of Trade Sensitive Diseases (STSD) Project Closeout Meeting
- AU-IBAR Holds a Workshop for Capacity Building and Relaunch of the National SPS Committee of the United Republic of Tanzania