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Communiqué - Think Tank Meeting on Intra-Regional Fish Trade in Africa

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Think Tank Meeting on Intra-Regional Fish Trade in Africa, 2nd – 4th August 2017, Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Think Tank Meeting on Intra-Regional Fish Trade in Africa, 2nd – 4th August 2017, Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria.Introduction

From 2nd to 4th August 2017, the beautiful city of Abuja in the Federal Republic of Nigeria hosted a Think Tank Meeting on Intra-regional Fish Trade in Africa in the context of the Africa's Agriculture Growth and Transformation Agenda. The meeting was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and WorldFish with support from the European Union (EU).

The overall objective of this meeting was to present the research and development findings and outputs by studies under the Fisheries Governance and Fish Trade Projects and to identify policy entry points that will enhance intra-regional trade of fish and fish products for improved and significant contributions to the Malabo goals of tripling regional trade by 2025. The specific objectives included:

  • Assess the status of the regional fish trade in Africa and its contribution to food and nutrition security.
  • Assess the institutional and policy environment hindering intra-African fish trade.
  • Share experiences (best practices, knowledge and lessons learnt) on regional fish trade.
  • Identify priority policy entry points and develop action plans for various national and regional stakeholders to strengthen their roles in facilitating inter and intra-regional fish trade in the continent.

The workshop was attended by 57 participants. These include experts in charge of trade matters and Directors of Fisheries of AU MS; consultants and experts from the continent; Regional Economic Communities, Regional Fisheries Bodies and the private sector. The following countries were represented Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda. Regional Institutions and Organizations included IGAD, EAC, and LVFO. WorldFish, NEPAD and AU-IBAR were also represented.

The opening ceremony was marked by welcome statements from Dr. Simplice Nouala on behalf of the Director AU-IBAR, Dr. Bernice Mclean representing the CEO NEPAD Agency and Dr. Aboubacar Sidibe for the ECOWAS Commission. The workshop was presided by His Excellency, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri (Ph.D.); Federal Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Technical Sessions

The discussions were facilitated by Dr. Mohamed Seisay, Senior Fisheries Officer, AU-IBAR and were informed by presentations in the following sequence.

  • Background, Objectives and Expected outcomes of the workshop.
  • Review of national and regional fish trade policies in Southern Africa Region.
  • Framework for the harmonization/coherence of fish trade policies in Southern Africa Region.
  • Review of national and regional fish trade policies in East Africa Region.
  • Framework for the harmonization/coherence of fish trade policies in East Africa Region.
  • Review of national and regional fish trade policies in West Africa Region.
  • Framework for the harmonization/coherence of fish trade policies in west Africa Region.
  • Review of national and regional fish trade policies in Central Africa Region.
  • Framework for the harmonization/coherence of fish trade policies in central Africa Region.
  • Assessment of the Impact of International Fish trade flows in Africa.
  • Value chain analysis of fish products in west African Corridor and Implication for the Intra Regional Trade in fish and fish products.
  • Value chain analysis of fish products in central African Corridor and Implication for the Intra Regional Trade in fish and fish products.
  • Value chain analysis of fish products in East African Corridor and Implication for the Intra Regional Trade in fish and fish products.
  • Value chain analysis of fish products in Southern African Corridor and Implication for the Intra Regional Trade in fish and fish products.
  • Determinants of Fish Trade Flows and the Benefits of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa.
  • Key Policy Issues in Fish Products Trade in Africa: West And Central Regions Model for forecasting future demand and supply trends for fisheries products in Africa.
  • Model for forecasting future demand and supply trends for fisheries products in Africa Key Policy Issues in Fish Products Trade in Africa: West And Central Regions.

Working Group Sessions

Two sessions of group works were undertaken. Five regional groups were formed to discuss and address the following themes and questions.

  • GROUP SESSION 1: Identification of regional policy intervention entry point and development of Plans of Action for enhancing regional fish trade in Africa.
  • GROUP SESSION 2: Discuss proposed framework for harmonization of Fish trade policies at national and regional levels and agree on the most appropriate workable elements of the framework.

Outcomes of the Meeting

The workshop achieved the following outcomes

  • Lessons and best practices shared for strengthening inter and intra-regional fish trade in Africa.
  • Priority actions identified for strengthening inter and intra-regional fish trade in the continent.
  • Priority entry points for harmonization of intra-regional fish trade policies identified.

Conclusions and Recommendations

In concluding the proceedings, participants made and adopted the following recommendations within the framework of the objectives and expected outcome of the meeting:

  • There is a need to support efforts made by the RECs' in aligning their regional, national policies and trade regulations with the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS).
  • The contents of various consultancy studies should be updated with current available information from various sources, including member states, regional institutions and all relevant stakeholders.
  • The meeting in recognition of existing trade related protocols or agreements as opportunities for enhancing intraregional fish trade noted the challenges faced by African Union member states in their implementation; recommended in-depth review of the level of implementation of existing fish trade related frameworks and urged member states to ratify and implement the existing frameworks, agreement and protocols.
  • Develop a mechanism that would contribute to the dissemination of the existing regional/national policy & trade laws and regulations combined with awareness campaign and education.
  • Develop a strategy to monitor and support the implementation and enforcement of the fish trade related agreements mainly through education and awareness creation.
  • The African Union Member States should protect the local fisheries and aquaculture industry by implementation of relevant provisions of regional and global trade related instruments including those of the WTO and PFRS.
  • There is a need to consolidate value chain assessments reports into one continental report (including socio-economic valuation) and identify segments along the value chain to upgrade or develop new quality products and enhance products competitiveness.
  • The potential of One Stop Border Post should be capitalized upon in different regions to facilitate intra-regional fish trade as well as increase awareness among traders and relevant stakeholders on cross-border trade procedures.
  • To promote implementation of common standards, harmonization of regional guidelines for harmonization of national laws and regulations with regards to fish trade.
  • There is a need to strengthen the implementation of harmonized customs and tariff schemes and ensure inclusion of fish in customs list.
  • Establish regional and sub-regional Fish Trade Information System (Fish Trade Portals) and strengthening of existing institutions such as INFOPECHE /INFOSA, INFOSAMARK and EFMIS...etc.
  • Develop mechanisms for data collection and information on trade in fish and fisheries products.
  • Strengthen human and institutional awareness and capacity in fish quality assurance, business skills, best handling practices, lesson learning.
  • Support the establishment of infrastructure and facilities at the landing site particularly for the small scale fisheries to enhance data collection on fish trade and sensitize fishers on benefits of using the landing site.
  • Identify modalities need on how to formalize informal trade and support informal traders to enter the formal trade market (value of the informal sector, losses of revenues, sensitization,) and create incentives to facilitate transition from informal to formal sector.
  • Analyze the driving factors behind informal trade and put in place mechanism to eliminate factors that drive informal trade in order to create an environment and incentives for traders to formalize their activities.
  • Disseminate of best practices and lesson learning in fish trade.
  • Identify trade routes at continental level mainly through consolidation and merging of the reports of the four corridor analyses.
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Communiqué - Think Tank Meeting on Intra-Regional Fish Trade in Africa

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Think Tank Meeting on Intra-Regional Fish Trade in Africa, 2nd – 4th August 2017, Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Think Tank Meeting on Intra-Regional Fish Trade in Africa, 2nd – 4th August 2017, Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria.Introduction

From 2nd to 4th August 2017, the beautiful city of Abuja in the Federal Republic of Nigeria hosted a Think Tank Meeting on Intra-regional Fish Trade in Africa in the context of the Africa’s Agriculture Growth and Transformation Agenda. The meeting was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and WorldFish with support from the European Union (EU).

The overall objective of this meeting was to present the research and development findings and outputs by studies under the Fisheries Governance and Fish Trade Projects and to identify policy entry points that will enhance intra-regional trade of fish and fish products for improved and significant contributions to the Malabo goals of tripling regional trade by 2025.

The specific objectives included:

  • Assess the status of the regional fish trade in Africa and its contribution to food and nutrition security.
  • Assess the institutional and policy environment hindering intra-African fish trade.
  • Share experiences (best practices, knowledge and lessons learnt) on regional fish trade.
  • Identify priority policy entry points and develop action plans for various national and regional stakeholders to strengthen their roles in facilitating inter and intra-regional fish trade in the continent.
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Communiqué - Think Tank Meeting on African Ornamental Fisheries

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Communique from the Think Tank Meeting on African Ornamental Fisheries Held in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, at the Chelsea Hotel 31st July -01st August,2017.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Communique from the Think Tank Meeting on African Ornamental Fisheries Held in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, at the Chelsea Hotel 31st July -01st August,2017.Introduction

The Think Tank Meeting on African Ornamental Fisheries was held on the 31st July-1st August, 2017 at the Chelsea Hotel in Abuja in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The meeting was organized by African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with the support of the European Union (EU).

The overall objective of the meeting was to share experiences (success, failures and obstacles) on the past and ongoing interventions in the sector and develop strategies and action plans for improvement, governance and management of African ornamental fisheries in the context of the Malabo Declaration.

Participation

The meeting was attended by 46 participants representing the 16 African Union Member States: Republics of Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Chad, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, and Zambia; Regional Economic Communities: Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Regional Fisheries Institutions: Nile Basin Initiative/Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NBI/NELSAP), Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA); Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC); Non State Actors; Private sector; Research institutions; Independent Experts; Development Partners Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Also in attendance were staff members from the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR),NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA).

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Final Communique - Improving Quality of Veterinary Training for Enhanced Veterinary Services and Socio-Economic Development

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Continental Meeting on Veterinary Education

 05th-07th July 2017, Dakar-Senegal

© 2017 AU-IBAR. Improving Quality of Veterinary Training for Enhanced Veterinary Services and Socio-Economic Development.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Improving Quality of Veterinary Training for Enhanced Veterinary Services and Socio-Economic Development.The First Continental Meeting on Veterinary Education whose theme was "Improving Quality of Veterinary training for enhanced veterinary services and socio-economic development" was held between 05th to 07th July 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. The meeting was organized under the aegis of the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the Inter-State School of Veterinary Sciences and Medicine of Dakar (EISMV). It was attended by 105 delegates from 37 African countries. The delegates were Deans or their representatives from Veterinary Education Establishments (VEEs) from 26 countries and Heads of Veterinary Statutory Boards (VSBs) from 33 countries. Other delegates were the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy and Director General of the EISMV, Prof Kaboret. The meeting was opened by Dr. Khadim GUEYE, representing the Senegalese Minister of Livestock Breeding and Animal Production. The meeting was closed by H. E. Madame Aminata MBENGUE NDIAYE, Minister of Livestock and Animal production.

Objectives of the Meeting

The global objective of the meeting was to contribute to the improvement of veterinary training for enhanced veterinary services and socio-economic development in African Countries. The specific objectives of the workshop were:

  • To share information on continental strategic frameworks and other guidelines informing transformation of livestock and agriculture education and training.
  • To take stock of the quality of the veterinary education.
  • To share knowledge and experiences on the harmonization of veterinary training curricula, the development of accreditation mechanisms to promote the mobility of students and to agree on the way forward.
  • To propose a roadmap for the establishment and operationalization of the African Association of Veterinary Education Institutions (2A2E-V).
  • To discuss strategies for mobilizing resources for sustaining the activities of the network.
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AU-IBAR Promotes Investments in Livestock Value Chains in Africa - Continental Workshop on Supporting Investments in African Livestock Value Chains

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. AU-IBAR Promotes Investments in Livestock Value Chains in Africa - Continental Workshop on Supporting Investments in African Livestock Value Chains.© 2017 AU-IBAR. AU-IBAR Promotes Investments in Livestock Value Chains in Africa - Continental Workshop on Supporting Investments in African Livestock Value Chains.A workshop for continental livestock value chains actors was held in Lusaka, Zambia from 19th-21st July 2017. Workshop participants were drawn from a large pool of livestock value chain actors across the continent. The aim was to showcase their success stories such that these can be replicated. Presentations of success stories from various livestock value chain enterprises across the continent were made, covering the nature of business or organization, how long it has been in existence, number of people employed, source of initial investment, reasons for success of the business, markets for the business and market access requirements, government support for the business and ease of getting finance, policies or regulations that facilitate or hinder the business and suggestions for future development of the business. Other organizations that were represented included COMESA, FAO, ILRI, IGAD and UNECA. The workshop was organized by Dr Mphumuzi Sukati, AU-IBAR Senior Policy Officer – Economics, Trade and Marketing. Dr Bruce Mukanda represented AU-IBAR Director while Mr Thierry Kalonji and Dr Yonas Sinkala represented COMESA and the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries of Zambia respectively. Some of the key outcomes of the workshop included the need to focus on regional market led livestock value chains and to build trust amongst livestock value chain actors. The inputs from the workshop will assist in the formulation of a continental Livestock Value Chains Investment Strategy.