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AU-IBAR and COMESA Strengthen the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Quanrantine Practices and Procedures

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© 2017 AU-IBAR/@AMontasser: Cattel in quarantine station in Djibouti.© 2017 AU-IBAR/@AMontasser: Cattel in quarantine station in Djibouti.A training of trainers (ToT) on quarantine practices and procedures was held from 25th-29th April 2017 at Venus Hotel in Kinshasa, DRC.

The purpose and scope of setting up of Quarantine Stations is to prevent the incoming of Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs) and zoonotic diseases into the country through importation of livestock and livestock products and also out of the country through export. The increased and faster international trade and travel exposes every country to the danger of infiltration of known and unknown transmissible diseases which have the potential of very serious and rapid spread, adverse socio-economic and human/animal health consequences.

There are many infectious diseases of livestock origin which are prevalent in our continent and also present in DRC. It is, therefore, necessary that exotic diseases do not gain entry into DRC and out of DRC to other countries through movement of livestock and livestock product from across the borders. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in collaboration with African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) through the “Reinforcing Veterinary Governance Programme” has organized TOT on quarantine practices and procedures to build the capacity of staff working at border quarantine in RDC.

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Communiqué - Workshop on the Establishment of the East Africa Platform of Non State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (EARFISH)

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Workshop on the Establishment of the East Africa Platform of Non State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (EARFISH).© 2017 AU-IBAR. Workshop on the Establishment of the East Africa Platform of Non State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (EARFISH).Introduction

The Workshop to formally establish a platform of non-state actors (NSAs) in East Africa was jointly organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania from 18th-19th April 2017, in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania.

The overall objective of this regional workshop was to create and formalize the establishment of a recognised regional platform for active non-state actors in East Africa involved in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the region that will (i) will provide strategic leadership and coordination of all national and sub-national level NSAs in fisheries and aquaculture in the region (ii) articulate their needs and demands in regional and continental forums including fostering linkages or engagement with RECs, RFBs, AU, development partners.

The specific objectives were to:

  •  Enlighten participants on the AU-IBAR/NEPAD Agency programmes, relevant Malabo goals, Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS) and the Guide for implementation of the PFRS.
  • Enable NSAs representatives share information on the experiences, challenges and impacts of their work in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in their respective countries.
  • Brief the participants on the action plan developed in August 2015 for the processes of establishing East African Fisheries NSA Platform.
  • Develop Rules of procedures, establish governance structures/bureau bearers and action plans for the Eastern Africa NSA.
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Workshop on Strengthening Capacity and Promoting Regional Cooperation for Effective Combat Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (Iuu) Fishing in Central Africa Region

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.A regional workshop on strengthening monitoring, control and surveillance to effectively combat, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Central Africa was jointly organized by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), la Commission Régionale des Pêches du Golfe de Guinea (COREP), with support from the European Union, in Pointe Noire, the Republic of Congo, from 17th to 21st February 2017.

The overall objective of the meeting was to identify priority actions and mechanisms for establishing effective regional cooperation for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of fisheries and implementation of International Instruments. The specific objectives were to (i) examine reports on the status of MCS and International Instruments in Central Africa for adoption and validation, (ii) identify challenges and constraints for regional cooperation in the fight against IUU fishing, (iii) propose a framework for regional and sub-regional collaboration on MCS, and (iv) develop a roadmap for the establishing and strengthening of a regional coordination Cell (or Unit) of MCS in the Central Africa.

The meeting was attended by over 45 participants including Directors of Fisheries and MCS Experts from Central African coastal states (Cameroun, Gabon, Congo Rep., Congo Democratic Rep., Sao Tomé & Principe, Equatorial Guinea, and Angola), COREP, experts and African Union staff.

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The Enhancing Somali Livestock Trade Project Reported to the Steering Committee Meeting on Progress Made to Date

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Participants to ESOLT Steering Committee Meeting.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Participants to ESOLT Steering Committee Meeting.On 4th April, the Steering Committee of Enhancing Somali Livestock Trade (ESOLT) Project implemented through a partnership of AU-IBAR and FAO Somalia and funded by the European Union met in Entebbe, Uganda for the second time gathering the European Commission, (EU), Somali veterinary authorities from Ministry of Livestock, Somaliland, Ministry of Livestock and Animal Husbandry Puntland, The Ministry of Livestock, Forestry and Range, Federal Government of Somalia, the respective chambers of Commerce and Industry for Somaliland and Puntland. Co-Chairing the Committee, AU-IBAR reported to the European Commission and the Steering Committee, progress made to date including the signature of an addendum to the  beneficiary contracts worth over €3 million for the implementation of additional project year at no additional cost.

Prof James Wabacha, representing the Director of AU-IBAR appreciated the EU’s commitment to funding several projects implemented by AU-IBAR and the region.

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Communiqué - Somali Stakeholders Consultative Meeting to Address Sustainable Livestock Exports

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Participants to Stakeholder Consultative Meeting.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Participants to Stakeholder Consultative Meeting.The Stakeholder Consultative meeting was organised by AU-IBAR and supported by the European Union (EU) with an aim of assuring sustainable livestock exports from all Somali regions. A total of 38 Somali participants from various Somali institutions participated in the discussions. Leading the delegations were the respective Livestock Ministers from Somaliland Hon. Abdillahi Mohamed Dahir, Puntland State of Somalia Hon. Abdiweli Duale Elmi, SouthWest State of Somalia Hon. Madobe Nunow Mohamed, Jubaland State of Somalia Hon.Mohamed Nur Bulle, Galmudug State of Somalia Hon. Ahmed Dhiblawe Asir with the blessings of the Federal Minister of Livestock, Forestry and Range Hon. Sheikh Nur Mohamed Hassan, and, the Somali, Somaliland,Puntland and the Jubaland Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the seven quarantine stations in region including three of the export quarantine are located in Berbera namely Berbera United Quarantine, Berbera National Livestock Quarantine and Saudi Emirates international veterinary quarantine. On the other hand, two quarantines located in Bosaso namely Bosaso national animal quarantine and Saudi Emirates Quarantine Bosaso, Jazeera Quarantine in Mogadishu and Jubba Mahjar quarantine in Kismayo and the in the presence of implementing partners from AU-IBAR, FAO, USAID, Terra Nuova and COOPI. The meeting discussed common issues including animal health and safe cross-border livestock trade.