6th February 2014, Nairobi, Kenya
The fourth PANSPSO Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting was held in Nairobi, Kenya, 6th of February 2014 was preceded on 5th by the Technical meeting of implementing partners.
It was attended by the Steering Committee Members and other participants.
The meeting was officially opened by H.E. Madam Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, The Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. In attendance were Dr. Abebe Haile-Gabriel, the Director of DREA, Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR; Dr. J. Mezui M'Ella the Director AU-IAPSC; representatives of COMESA, EAC, ECCAS, IGAD and SADC; representative of EU Delegation to Kenya, OIE and FAO.
The PSC meeting deliberated on the following key issues:
- Matters arising and reports on follow-up of the 3rd SCM held in Abuja, Nigeria, 20th – 21st June 2013.
- PANSPSO Technical and Financial Annual reports 2013 by AU-IBAR and the findings of the mid-term evaluation by the consultant.
Tunis, 28th-30th January 2014
In collaboration with the AU-IBAR, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Tunisia inaugurated the National Livestock Policy Hub and launched the Pilot Activity Programme in Tunisia from 28th – 30th January 2014, at Regency Tunis Hotel. The inauguration and launching workshop was officially opened by Eng. Abdel Saied, the chef de cabinet (Executive Assistant to the Minister) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Dr. Hichem BOUZGHAIA, the Director of Veterinary Services of Tunisia, on behalf of the Minister for Agriculture. The Director and Head of Mission of AU-IBAR, Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy addressed the opening session and participated at the workshop. Dr. Baba Soumare, Head of Animal Health Unit, AU-IBAR and Dr Osama Rajab, VET-GOV regional coordinator for UMA attended the inauguration and launching of the National Livestock policy Hub workshop.
Background of the workshops
The Regional Inception workshops for the project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources" were aimed at acquainting National Coordinators, Focal Points of Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR), implementing partners and other key stakeholders with the project. The workshops were appropriate platforms to exchange and share ideas and technical information related to AnGR and to build on expectations, address key concerns and elicit inputs on the implementation strategy. The workshops provided opportunities for promoting synergies among partners and key stakeholders. The workshops also offered guidance to National Coordinators on the process of drafting Country Reports for the Second State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources (SoW-AnGR).
Objectives of the Regional Workshops
The main objectives were to:
- Create common understanding, among National Coordinators of Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR), on the project goal, objectives and outcomes as well as roles and responsibilities of stakeholders involved
- Discuss the project's Result Areas, Activities, implementation strategy and the required information and where necessary, make appropriate adjustments
- Familiarize Member States (MS) with FAO's requirements and guidelines for the preparation of National Reports for the Second State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources (SoW-AnGR) and update their AnGR inventories
- Discuss and establish appropriate processes to update and enrich MS databases
Botswana, 28th November 2013
The fourth VET-GOV Programme Steering Committee (PSCM) Meeting was held in Gaborone, Botswana, on 28th November 2013 under the auspices of the SADC Secretariat preceeded by the Programme Management Committee Meeting (PMCM) held on 27th November 2013. It was attended by the Steering Committee Members and other participants from AU-IBAR and RECs.
The meeting was officially opened by Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR on behalf of the Commissioner DREA in presence of Mr. Mwangi Njuru representing the EC; Dr. Bouna Diop representing FAO; Dr. Neo Mapitse and Dr. Patrick Bastiaensen representing OIE, and representatives from COMESA, EAC, IGAD and SADC.
The PSC deliberated on the following key issues:
- Matters arising from the previous meeting and follow-up on reports;
- Technical Consolidated Progress report; and
- Financial report by AU-IBAR.
Following fruitful deliberations and,
Considering the mandate of the PSC to provide strategic guidance to the Programme and oversee coherent implementation of the different contribution agreements;
Noting the progress made by the project after the third Steering Committee Meeting in Abuja;
Taking cognizance of project implementation at country level and RECs;
The PSC commends the VET-GOV implementing partners for good partnerships and the important progress made since the last meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.
Forty participants from sixteen (16) African countries, one (1) from AU-IAPSC, three (3) from AU-DREA, four (4) from AU-IBAR and two (2) from World Trade Organization (WTO) attended, from 25th to 27th November 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe an AU-IBAR led workshop with the collaboration of WTO on the transparency provision of the SPS Committee of the WTO and on improvement of the participation of African delegates in the meetings of the SPS Committee. This workshop is dedicated to English-speaking countries of the African Union and Members of the WTO.
The following countries were represented: Botswana, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra-Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Director of AU-IBAR awarded Fellowship of the College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria
- Second Continental Workshop on the Missions, Functions and Structure of African Union Food Safety Authority and a Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed
- Training on Veterinary Legislation
- Regional Workshop of Africa’s National Plant Protection Officers to Discuss IPPC’s Draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures