The seventh Pan African meeting of OIE delegates on Africa's coordinated position on animal health standards will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 4th to 6th May 2015.
The meeting is organized by the Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (Vet-Gov) project and the Participation of African Nations in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard-setting Organizations (PANSPSO) project, with funds from the European Union.
The CVOs meeting will, among other things, address the prevailing situation of low key participation of African member states of OIE during the process of standards setting. While African countries are very keen to actively participate in the cyclical processes of commenting on and building coordinated positions on proposed changes in the OIE and Terrestrial and Aquatic Codes, the OIE Regional Commission for Africa does not provide the appropriate platform for building common positions as it only holds biannual meetings, which are too short and have packed agenda. Thus the May CVOs meeting will also provide an external forum for OIE African delegates to meet and harmonize views on animal health standards.
The key objective of the meeting is to review reports of scientific, ad hoc and code commissions and in particular propose changes to the codes which will be submitted to the OIE General Session in May 2015, in order to:
- Identify areas of high priority and common interest for Africa;
- Analyse rationale, justification, consequences and impact (technical, institutional, legal, commercial) of proposed amendments to the Code;
- Propose common positions for the African continent on these proposed amendments;
- Endorse a global approach to strengthen African common positions and improve participation all along the OIE standard setting process;
- Enhance the work of African experts and centres of excellence in the area of animal health standards, to be incorporated in commissions and working groups;
- Harmonize processes of consultation on OIE standards at the national level, including ways of involving the private sector.
The expected results are:
- Short term: For the 83rd General Session of the OIE in May 2015, African nations should make common proposals about the adoption of proposed draft standards and/or propose new draft standards to work on during the following year.
- Mid term: Sustainable participation, contribution and consultation mechanisms are put in place to allow African nations to make inputs and build common position on the whole OIE standards setting process.
The participants will comprise: All African OIE delegates (including non ACP), representatives of RECs, representative of EU, PANVAC, PATTEC, OIE, FAO, AU-IBAR staff and selected animal health experts.
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