From 21 to 23 December 2015, a regional workshop on the establishment of a network on SPS and Food safety for ECOWAS member countries was held in Dakar, Senegal and organized by AU-IBAR under the scope of the project Participation of African Nations in the Sanitary and Phytosanitary standard setting organizations (PANSPSO-Project).
The objectives of the workshop are:
- In general, to establish a network of ECOWAS countries that are involve in sanitary and phytosanitary and food safety activities and create a synergy of actions in this domain.
- And specifically
- To strengthen national Codex Alimentarius Committees;
- To enhance the participation of countries in the various meetings of the Codex Alimentarius Commission;
- To create synergy of actions to pursue a coherent and harmonized policy of food safety in line with the concerns of the West African region.
Over fifty participants at the workshop were National Codex Contact Points and officials of ministries in charge of Codex, actors performing important functions relating to sanitary and phytosanitary issues, representatives of consumers associations.
A community-based disease reporting in Djibouti was discussed at workshop held by the Standard methods and procedures in Animal Health that took place in Djibouti from 14 to 15 October 2015. This was aimed at strengthening passive surveillance and grassroot disease recognition. The community-based disease reporting system was introduced to total 56 stakeholders in the livestock sector, including farmers, representatives of agro-livestock breeding associations auxiliary veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the capital and those of land, veterinary private practitioners, and the AU-IBAR. Most stakeholders present came from various parts of the Republic of Djibouti in the regions of Arta, Ali-Sabieh, Dikhil, Tadjourah, Obock and Djibouti.
In his speech Dr. Joseph Magona, on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, stressed that the workshop to create the disease-reporting system in Djibouti was intended to strengthen the recognition of animal diseases at Community level through the use of syndromic surveillance manual, and improve networking among pastoralist communities, animal health service providers and other stakeholders, in order to facilitate the supervision and control of animal diseases in the field and in the regions. Finally, he encouraged all stakeholders’ livestock in Djibouti to adopt the use of syndromic surveillance manual of disease and rapidly report diseases to the regulators.
From 16 to 17 December 2015, a continental workshop on Capacity Building in Agriculture Trade issues was held at AU-IBAR under the scope of the project Participation of African Nations in the Sanitary and Phytosanitary standard setting organizations (PANSPSO-Project).
The objectives of the workshop are:
- Improving knowledge and understanding by participants of the provisions of the Agriculture negotiations Agreement of the WTO
- Improved knowledge and mastering of the Technical barriers to trade
- Improving knowledge and mastering of the Trade facilitation
- Enhancing the capacity of African countries to resolve trade issues using the provisions of the SPS Agreement
Participants at the workshop were officials of ministries in charge of trade, national notification authorities, national information points, and actors performing important functions relating to sanitary and phytosanitary issues in their country or region and who participated in the workshops and trainings organized by the AU-IBAR and the WTO.
The total number of participants was 35 from the following countries and institutions: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Senegal, Seychelles, Chad, Togo, Zambia, AU-IBAR and AU Office in Geneva.
On Wednesday, the 16th of December, 2015, His Excellence, Phil Hogan, the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, visited the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose of the visit was to officially open the Workshop on Capacity Building in Agriculture Trade Issues and to hold talks with the AU-IBAR management.
Commissioner Phil Hogan indicated that his visit to IBAR was an important part of his mission to the WTO 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi. He said the visit revealed the importance and significance of the work being done by AU-IBAR in relation to the development of animal resources in Africa. He expressed appreciation for the long standing partnership between the European Union and AU-IBAR dating back to the 60s, initially targeting the eradicating rinderpest and currently focusing more broadly on the sustainable development of animal resources. He observed that important lessons had been learned and successes recorded from past and ongoing EU funded programs and pointed out four areas of close partnership between the EU and AU-IBAR focusing on veterinary and fisheries governance, sanitary and phytosanitary standards, the conservation of animal genetic resources and bee diseases. He further observed that agriculture played a vital role in Sub-Saharan Africa, being a key contributor for the continent’s food and nutritional security and livelihoods for the people.
The Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) has noted that there are several projects and initiatives implemented on the continent contributing to the same ultimate goal. These different projects often cover the same geographical area and populations and frequently with the same actors. This situation makes difficult the visibility of the projects impacts and their real contribution has the sought-after common objective, the one of the sustainable management of the fisheries resources to reinforce their contribution to the food security and the economic growth in Africa.
To improve the consistency and the complementarity of the actions, AU-IBAR has embarked in the development of a metadatabase of fisheries and aquaculture projects on the continent. This database will provide information on what is been done where and by who and could be used for lessons learnt and information sharing that could lead into identification of areas that are not addressed and also reduce duplication for efficient use of resources. It’s in this frame that a request was sent to Director of fisheries and aquaculture of the African Union Member States, Development Partners, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Fisheries Bodies, Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, Non State Actors Organisation, etc.
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Projets sur les pêches et Aquaculture sur le Continent Africain
Le Bureau Africain pour les Ressources Animales (UA-BIRA) a noté qu'il y a plusieurs projets et initiatives mise en œuvre sur le continent contribuant au même but ultime. Ces différents projets couvrent souvent la même région géographique et populations et fréquemment avec les mêmes acteurs. Cette situation rend difficile la visibilité des impacts de ces projets et leur contribution réelle a l’objectif commun recherché, celui de la gestion durable des ressources halieutiques pour renforcer leur contribution à la sécurité alimentaire et la croissance économique en Afrique.
Pour améliorer la cohérence et la complémentarité des actions des projets, l’UA-BIRA a lancé le développement d'une base de métadonnées des projets de pêches et de l'aquaculture sur le continent. Cette base de données fournira des informations sur ce qui a été fait où et par qui et pourrait être utilisée pour des leçons apprises et partage d’information qui pourrait guider l'identification des domaines qui ne sont pas abordées et également de réduire la duplication pour une utilisation efficace des ressources. C’est dans ce cadre qu’une requête a été envoyée au Directeur des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture des États Membres de l’Union Africaine, Partenaires au développement, Communautés Économiques Régionales, Organisations Régionales des Pêches, Organisations Régionales de Gestion des Pêches, Organisations des Acteurs Non-Étatiques, etc.
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