The workshop, on establishing an Electronic Fish Market Information system (EFMIS) for Eastern and Central Africa, was organized in Kigali, the Capital City of Rwanda, by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) with support from the European Union (EU). The meeting took place from the 3rd to 5th December 2018.
The workshop was attended by 30 participants, including Representatives of AU member states (Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania,); Representatives of Regional Economic communities (EAC, ECCAS, IGAD); Regional fisheries bodies and organizations (COREP, LFVO, IGAD and CEBEVIRHA); Independent Experts, Representatives of Non-State Actors and Women Organizations; and African Union (AUC and AU-IBAR staff).
Speech by the Director, AU-IBAR
While officially opening the workshop on behalf of the AU-IBAR Director, Dr. Mohamed Seisay welcomed all participants to the workshop and gave a brief background and objectives of the workshop.
Dr. Seisay Expressed profound gratitude and appreciation to the Government of Rwanda for the opportunity accorded to African Union to conduct this workshop in the Country.
He reminded the participants that the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa identifieda major policy area on Responsible and Equitable Fish Trade and Marketing, which aimed at harnessing significantly the benefits of Africa’s fisheries and aquaculture endowments through accelerated trade and marketing. The identification of this crucial policy area was partly informed by the observation that though trade plays a major role in the fishing industry as a creator of employment, food supplier, income generator, and contributor to economic growth and development in several African countries, many African Union Member States still face several constraints in improving their fish trade and marketing sector. Some of the constraints include: Poor infrastructure and insufficient facilitation, the introduction of market-related measures such as eco-labelling and related certification process, private standards for environmental and social purposes which are increasingly becoming hindrance to African fish and fish products accessing lucrative markets.
Du 12 au 14 Septembre 2018, s’est tenu à Libreville au Gabon, l’atelier de concertation et de coordination institutionnelle pour faciliter le commerce transfrontalier des produits halieutiques entre le Cameroun, le Gabon et la Guinée Equatoriale.
L’atelier était organisé conjointement par le Bureau Interafricain des Ressources Animales de l’Union Africaine (UA-BIRA), et WorldFish Center en collaboration avec le Gouvernement de la République Gabonaise, la Communauté Économiques des États de l’Afrique Centrale (CEEAC), la Commission Régionale des pêches du Golfe de Guinée (COREP), La Commission Economique pour le Bétail, les Viandes et les Ressources Halieutiques (CEBEVIRHA), avec l’appui de l’Union Européenne.
L’objectif de l’atelier était d'établir une plate-forme multisectorielle transfrontalière pour faciliter le commerce transfrontalier du poisson et des produits de la pêche entre le Cameroun, le Gabon et la Guinée équatoriale.
Les objectifs spécifiques de l'atelier étaient :
- créer le comité intersectoriel pour faciliter la traversée de la frontière des produits de la pêche à Kyosi au Cameroun en relation avec le Gabon et la Guinée Equatoriale.
- développer un mécanisme d'opérationnalisation du comité intersectoriel.
- élaborer la feuille de route, plans d'action pour la mise en œuvre des recommandations du Kyosi vers des mesures pratiques visant à faciliter le commerce interrégional transfrontalier.
- formuler de procédures harmonisées pour faciliter le commerce intra régional.
The Fisheries Governance Project was implemented by the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) from March 2014 to September 2018. Through the support of this EU funded Project, also fondly referred to as the Fisheries Governance Project, AU-IBAR initiated the implementation of the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS). The overall objective was to enhance the contribution of fisheries resources to food security and economic growth in Africa. Specifically the objective was to improve institutional and policy environment for sustainable management and utilization of fisheries resources in Africa.
After four and half years of implementation, AU-IBAR organized a closure and dissemination workshop from the 02nd-05th September 2018 in Cairo, Egypt. The overall objective of this project closure workshop was to share the achievements of the Fisheries Governance Project including lessons, best practices and challenges. Three main events were organized to mark the official closure of the Project:
- A technical session comprising mainly of Directors of fisheries and aquaculture from the African Union member states, Regional economic communities, Regional fisheries bodies, water basin commissions, Non-state actors, women organizations and development partners
- A High Level Policy Dialogue ministerial session comprising of 10 Ministers in charge of fisheries and aquaculture (or their representatives)
- The final Steering Committee Meeting of the project
A Seventh Annual Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) 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 the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). The workshop was among the key activities of AU-IBAR through the Fisheries Governance Project that is funded by the European Union (EU).
The meeting was held from the 13th to 15th August 2018 at AU-IBAR office in Nairobi, Kenya.
The overall objectives of the workshop were to review progress since the Sixth ANAF annual meeting and discuss the institutionalization of ANAF Secretariat into AU-IBAR.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the ten (10) ANAF affiliated African Union Member States namely: Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique, Liberia, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia; the ANAF Secretariat- FAO; Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation (LVFO). Also in attendance were staff members of AU-IBAR (fisheries governance project and M&E) and CARDNO (Aquaculture Technical Expert).
- Communiqué - Expert Meeting for Short-Listing of Institutions for Selection as Africa Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa
- Communiqué - First Bureau Meeting of Africa Women Fish Processors and Traders Network
- The First Meeting of the Task Force on African Ornamental Fisheries to Formulate Regulatory Framework for the Exploitation of Trade in Ornamental Fisheries in Africa
- Partners Meeting for Finalization of the Formulation of Second Phase of Fisheries Governance Project (FishGov II) and Reviewer’s Meeting for Final Review of the African Fisheries Report