Training workshop to enhance the capacity of veterinary services on aquatic animal diseases prevention and control, as well as to develop regional aquatic animal disease control frameworks and to establish regional aquatic animal health networks, was organized by the African Union’s Interafrican Bureau of Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Developing Agency (NPCA) with support from the European Union in the Arab Republic of Egypt. This workshop was undertaken in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation of the Arab Republic of Egypt, The WorldFish, Africa Aquaculture Research and Training Center (AARTC) in Egypt, Benha University in Egypt, Central Laboratory for Aquaculture Research (CLAR) in Egypt. The participants in this training workshop were veterinarians and aquaculture/fish diseases experts from AU member states in North, East, Southern and West Africa.
The overall objective of this workshop is to strengthen the veterinary capacity for aquatic animal disease diagnosis, control and surveillance on the continent. This is in response to the increasing incidences of occurrence of emerging trans-boundary aquatic animal diseases on the continent and endemic diseases on-farm. This workshop is consistent with the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, in particular to the policy arenas on the conservation and sustainable use of aquatic animal resources as well as sustainable market-led aquaculture development.