The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resource (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) , the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) secretariat, brought together 14 Member States of ECOWAS (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo) to critically reflect on their national veterinary legislation on the control of animal diseases with a view to embark on a process of regional harmonization.
The seminar was officially opened by Dr GBETOGBE Kolfi, representing H.E Hon Colonel Ouro-Koura AGADAZI, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Water Resources, the Government of the Republic of Togo. He welcomed the participants and thanked them for their commitment to a regional approach which is the way forward to increase trade in livestock.
The representative of ECOWAS, Dr Vivian Iwar, On behalf of the ECOWAS Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment, and Water Resources, Hon. Tchambakou Ayassor, welcome all participants to the ECOWAS region. She extended The Commissioner’s personal good wishes for a successful seminar, emphasised his keen interest in the deliberations from the seminar, and welcome the recommendations for implementation by the Commission. She thanked OIE and FAO for their continuing collaboration in resolving livestock issues in the ECOWAS region. She also thanked AU-IBAR for their continental leadership on animal resources issues.
AU-IBAR, under the scope of the Veterinary Governance Programme and the Standards and Trade Secretariat, convened the seventh meeting for African National Codex Contact Points from 15th to 17th June 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya to examine the proposed Codex standards and related texts submitted for adoption during the 39th Session the Codex Alimentarius Commission to take place in Rome, Italy from 27th June to 1st July 2016.
Of attendance were fifty seven African Delegates from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, G. Equatorial, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Two observer organizations were in attendance namely the EU representative and IGAD.
The NCCPs agreed and adopted common positions that they will articulate during the 39th Session of CAC. The meeting also adopted a number of recommendations related to enhance AU member states’ participation in Codex work and better organization of national Codex committees.
Fisheries and aquaculture make critical contributions to economic activities in Africa especially in the areas of rural development, improved livelihood, employment (the vast majority of whom live in the rural areas, working in fish production); food security and nutrition (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein); and trade, (with a third of fishery commodity production in developing countries destined for export).
The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) through the Fisheries Governance Project “Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa” 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.
Promoting innovation, activism and improving knowledge transfer to end-users is considered an effective approach in implementing Result 4 for progressive integration of fisheries and aquaculture in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda and linkages for investment across Africa. To this effect AU-IBAR would like to commemorate the significance of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa through the publication of a Special December 2016 Edition of the Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa (BAHPA).
A follow up to the series of training courses to enhance the successful adoption of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) organized by the African Union over the last two years, AU-IBAR concluded a Five-day In-House Training Course to all it finance staff in a move to building staff capacity and enhancing performance. The training took place from the 2nd – 6th of May 2016 and was conducted by IAseminars.
The launching ceremony of the operationalization of the ECCAS Regional Animal Health Centre (ECCAS-RAHC) took place on April 14, 2016 at the Hotel "LA BAIE DES TORTUES", located at the Pangora Park. The facility is a landmark of the Pointe Denis Island, situated 20km off the Libreville coast.
The ceremony was presided over by H.E. Gabriel TCHANGO State Minister, Minister in charge of fisheries and livestock of Gabon, in the presence of H.E. Madame Clotilde NIZIGAMA, the Deputy Secretary General of ECCAS in charge of Program, Budget, Administration and Human Resources.
Representatives of the technical and strategic partners of ECCAS in the development of animal resources were also present. They were among others:
- Professor Ahmed ELSAWALHY, the Director of AU – IBAR,
- Mr. Dan RUGABIRA, Coordinator of the FAO Sub – Regional Bureau for Central Africa,
- Doctor Karim TOUNKARA the Regional Representative of OIE for Africa,
- Professor Toussaint BENGONE N’DONG, the Executive Secretary of CEBEVIRHA,
- Mr. Julius SINGOMA KAGAMBA of GALVmed
- Collaborative Disease Control in Cross-Border Areas for Enhanced Resilience and Livestock Trade among Pastoralists
- SMP-AH facilitates signing of an agreement between Kenya and Tanzania for enhanced collaboration and cooperation in cross-border disease control
- SMP-AH facilitates a vaccination campaign against FMD in Uganda
- Consultative Workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management West and Central African Regions