The three days stakeholder retreat was convened by the AU-IBAR to review the draft continental animal welfare strategy and action plan; and the African Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW) operational structure at Simba Lodge, Naivasha, Kenya from 6-8 March 2017. Over 40 participants attended the meeting including 10 CVOs representing the national governments namely Zimbabwe, Tunisia, DR Congo, Lesotho, Senegal, Morocco, Ghana, Liberia, Chad and Kenya; Regional Economic Communities (RECs), IGAD and ECOWAS; international organizations FAO and OIE as well as other animal welfare organizations: Brooke, World Horse Welfare, Donkey Sanctuary, World Animal Protection, Africa Network for Animal Welfare, Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance, World Animal Net and All Creatures Animal Welfare League.
The overall objective of the retreat was to discuss the draft continental animal welfare strategy and the APAW operational structure.
The specific objectives were:
- To Review and refine the draft African Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) in preparation for submission to a validation workshop with specific focus on:
- Considerations of the recent OIE Global AW conference resolutions and recommendations.
- Supporting policy and legal framework.
- African Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW) organizational structure and operational modalities.
- Promotion of African Animal Welfare agenda.
- To Share experiences on Animal Welfare issues and initiatives (RECs, OIE, FAO, MS and NGOs).
The 8th VET-GOV Programme Steering Committee and the 6th Steering Committee of the Consolidation phase of PAN-SPSO meetings were held at Safir Hotel in Dukki, Cairo, Egypt, from 20th to 22nd March 2017. The meetings were attended by the Steering Committee Members, participants from the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nation (FAO), the African Union Interafrican Phytosanitary Council (AU-IAPSC), Regional Economic Communities (COMESA, EAC, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD and UMA) and invited representatives from Member States (Kenya, Mauritius and Tunisia).
The meetings were officially opened by Professor Mumtaz Shaheen on behalf of HE Professor Abdel Monieum Albanna, Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Arab Republic of Egypt following remarks from Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, the Director AU-IBAR representing the Commissioner of the African Union Department for Rural Economy and Agriculture (AU-DREA), Dr Yilma Makonnen, representing the FAO, Dr Samuel Wakhusama representing the OIE, Mr Timothy Wesonga, EAC representative on behalf of the COMESA, EAC, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD, UMA, and Mr. Sebastian Trenner representing the EU.
The two steering Committee Meetings, which were held back-to-back, provided strategic guidance to the two programmes on the course of implementation of the different contribution agreements.
From the 7th to the 9th of December 2016, AU-IBAR staff was trained on AMERT at AU-IBAR offices in Nairobi, Kenya. This training was facilitated by Mr Alem Mulushoa Jimma from the SPPERM Directorate in AUC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The training was necessitated by the Result Based Approaches to M&E and will greatly facilitate Monitoring and Evaluation of projects and programmes at AU-IBAR and reporting mechanism to DREA. Certificates of participation were given to the following officers: Dr Abdelkhalik Montasser, Dr Anne Lewa, Mr Gueladio Thiam, Dr Osama Rajab, Dr Edward Nengomasha, Dr Mphumuzi Sukati, Dr N’guetta Bossa and Dr Mary Mbole-Kariuki.
On behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR ProfessorAhmed Elsawalhy, Dr Baboucarr Jaw thanked the AUC for the training and further thanked Mr Mr Alem Mulushoa Jimma for this excellent facilitation. He also noted the importance of the tool in evidence based programme delivery and mentioned that resources allowing, such training should be on a continuous basis. He further thanked all participants and that they should impart their new acquired skills to empower other officers who could not attend.
The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the Pan African Parliament (PAP) held a training programme for 21 parliamentatians from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo, Cote D’ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Mali, Niger, Central African Republic, Sahrawi Republic, Chad, Togo and Tunisia. The training took place at Sofitel Hotel in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire from 21st to 23rd November 2016.
In his welcoming remarks, The Director of AU-IBAR Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy informed participants that the African Union, through the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR) has significantly improved the participation of African delegates in the activities of international organizations responsible for the development of international sanitary and Phytosanitary standards (OIE, Codex, IPPC) as well as their participation in the meetings of the SPS Committee.
Prof Ahmed emphasised that despite marked progress, there is still work to be done in terms of adequately briefing key decision-makers such as the policy makers and legislators. This will be instrumental to any endeavour aiming at further enhancing the participation of African nations in standard setting organisations. It is therefore important to explain, share and sensitize the Honourable MPs on these issues and to build a strong coalition to address all the issues that are of relevance to the continent.
He further informed the audience that AU-IBAR is also promoting policy dialog at national level, through the reinforcing veterinary governance in Africa programme. This is being done through the establishment and operationalization of policy hubs which bring together state and non-state actors to discuss issues of relevance to the livestock sector and build national consensus on the best options to address these issues. These policy dialogue platforms have the potential to bring about meaningful change in enhancing the institutional environment for a better delivery of services thereby catalyzing investment. He reiterated AU-IBAR’s commitment to continue supporting these platforms and called for parliamentarians support to sustain them in order to bring about greater sense of ownership among public sector actors as well as private sector operators.
The 2017 World Aquaculture Conference, a major annual event of the World Aquaculture Society, shall for the first time be held in Africa with the involvement of countries throughout from the Africa continent and the world. Aquaculture is rapidly growing in Africa and is increasingly becoming integrated into the continent’s food systems and socio-economic development strategies. The transformation in the continent’s aquaculture development approach is enshrined in the ‘Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa’. This strategy that is currently under implementation serves as the continent’s blue print for aquaculture development. The strategic objective for aquaculture under this strategy is to jump-start market-led sustainable aquaculture based upon sound scientific principles and evidencebased strategies and implementation plans.
This is therefore the perfect time for the world aquaculture community to focus on Africa. World Aquaculture 2017 additionally provides an opportunity for Africa’s aquaculture producers, service providers and policy makers to directly interact, learn lessons, and build networks with each other and the global aquaculture community.
The African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a lead player guiding the implementing of the continental aquaculture policy welcomes this event being hosted in South Africa under the auspices of the Aquaculture Association of South Africa (AASA) in collaboration with the Government of South Africa.
- Training program on Quarantine Management Practices and Laboratory Diagnosis of trade limiting diseases (FMD, RVF, PPR and Brucellosis) for veterinary staff under the Enhancing Somali Livestock Trade Project (ESOLT)
- AU-IBAR and The Government of The Islamic Republic of The Gambia Launch Regional Policy Hub
- National Livestock Policy Hub (NLPH) meeting and Official Launching of the Republic of Mali National Animal Resources Data Management Platform (ARDMP)
- The Ghana National Animal Resources Data Management Platform (ARDMP) officially launched