AU-IBAR, under the scope of the consolidation phase of the project Participation of African Nations in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard Setting Organizations (PANSPSO Phase 2), convened the seventh meeting for OIE delegates, from 4th to 6th May 2015 in Nairobi to examine the proposed changes in the OIE Terrestrial and Aquatic Codes submitted for adoption during the General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates to take place in Paris, France from 24th to 29th May 2015.
In attendance were thirty five African Delegates from Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. COMESA, EAC, ECCAS and IGAD were also represented.
Representatives of FAO (ECTAD Nairobi) and OIE (OIE Deputy Regional Representative for Africa, OIE sub-regional office for East Africa, PANVAC and PATTEC) also participated in the meeting.
The African OIE Delegates and the representatives of RECs agreed on common positions that the 54 African countries members of OIE will present at the 83rd General Session of OIE.
During a closed session, the OIE Delegates deliberated on the general elections at the OIE and reached a consensus on the African candidates vying for various positions.
A one-day meeting, the 'Africa coordination meeting in preparation for March 2015 WTO SPS Committee meeting' was held in Geneva at the African Union (AU) Permanent Mission on 24th March 2015. Twenty six delegates from fifteen countries attended the workshop. The countries represented were Angola, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, and Zambia. Representatives of AU/Geneva, AU-IBAR, SADC and WTO also participated.
The one day Geneva meeting, whose objective was to improve the quality and effectiveness of participation of African Member States in the activities of the WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee, was chaired by the Director, AU-IBAR, Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy.
Specific objectives of the meeting were to:
- Improve communication and circulation of information between relevant national stakeholders within African countries before the regular meetings of the WTO SPS committee.
- Improve communication and circulation of information between African countries before the regular meetings of the WTO SPS committee.
- Identify potential Specific Trade Concerns that could be raised by African countries or against African countries (by third countries), and prepare coordinated action by or support to the African countries involved.
- Harmonize/coordinate the submission of information to the SPS committee made by countries, RECs and the AU.
The fifth meeting of PANSPSO Steering Committee (PSC) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 26th February 2015. It was preceded on 25th February by the technical meeting of implementing partners.
It was attended by the Steering Committee Members and other participants.
The meeting was officially opened by H.E. Madam Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, The Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. In attendance were Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR; Dr. J. Mezui M'Ella the Director AU-IAPSC; representatives of EAC, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD and UMA; representative of EU Delegation to Kenya, and OIE.
The PSC meeting deliberated on the following key issues:
- Matters arising and reports on follow-up of the 4th SCM held in Nairobi, Kenya, 6th February 2014.
- PANSPSO Technical and Financial Annual reports 2014 by AU-IBAR and the exit strategy of the project at regional and continental levels.
The PSC endorsed the following:
- The progress on the implementation of the recommendations of PSC 4
- The annual technical and financial report 2014 by AU-IBAR
- The development of an exit strategy at regional and continental levels
The PSC recommended necessary actions for effective implementation of the planned activities of the project and for ensuring functional linkages. It also consolidated the modalities for implementing project activities. The Committee gently requested the EU Delegation to transfer the remaining funds for 2015 on time to ensure timely implementation of activities.
The next meeting is scheduled for November 2015 at a venue and dates to be agreed upon.
- AU-IBAR /United States Department of Agriculture/FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa Colloquium on Codex Alimentarius Commission
- Workshop on Exit Strategy for the National SPS Committee of Burkina Faso
- AU-IBAR provides support to the National SPS Committee in Burundi
- African National Codex Contact Points (NCCPs) reached common positions on Codex standards and related texts referred to the 37th Session to the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)