With the technical and financial backstopping from AU-IBAR and within the framework of the VET-GOV programme, COMESA held a livestock forum in Port Louis, Mauritius on the 11-12th April 2017.
During the Forum, it was agreed to establish the Regional Livestock Policy Hub (RLPH) to provide effective and efficient animal health, production and trade services within the COMESA region.
The Forum was attended by participants from AU-IBAR, COMESA Secretariat, OIE, FAO, USAID, Tufts University and Regional Economic Communities(COMESA, EAC and IGAD) in addition to representatives from Comoros, Kenya, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and participants from the Regional Farmers Organizations (EAFF, SACAU).
The forum was officially opened by H.E. Mr. Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, the Minister of Agro-Industry, Mauritius following remarks from Dr Mphumuzi Sukati, Senior Policy Officer, Economics, trade and Marketing on behalf of Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, the Director AU-IBAR and Mr. Thierry Mutombo Kalonji, Director of Industry and Agriculture, on behalf of COMESA Secretariat.
AU-IBAR is implementing the project for Reinforcing Animal Health Services in Somalia (RAHS) in partnership with the Ministry of Livestock, Forestry and Range of the Federal Government of Somalia, the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Husbandry of the Puntland State of Somalia, the Ministry of Livestock, Somaliland and two NGOs, COOPI and Terra Nuova. The project aims to strengthen the policy and regulatory environment for animal health services delivery, public private and community partnerships to enhance access to animal health services and livestock disease surveillance and control systems in Somalia.
AU-IBAR convened the second steering committee meeting of the RAHS project for on 5th April 2017 at the Anderita Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda. This meeting was held back to back with the 2nd Steering committee meeting of the Project for Enhancing Somali Livestock Trade (ESOLT) held on 4th April 2017 and a two-day Somali Stakeholders’ Consultative meeting to address sustainable livestock exports, held from 6th -7th April 2017.
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.
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