AU-IBAR, under the scope of the Veterinary Governance Programme and the Standards and Trade Secretariat, convened the seventh meeting for African National Codex Contact Points from 15th to 17th June 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya to examine the proposed Codex standards and related texts submitted for adoption during the 39th Session the Codex Alimentarius Commission to take place in Rome, Italy from 27th June to 1st July 2016.
Of attendance were fifty seven African Delegates from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, G. Equatorial, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Two observer organizations were in attendance namely the EU representative and IGAD.
The NCCPs agreed and adopted common positions that they will articulate during the 39th Session of CAC. The meeting also adopted a number of recommendations related to enhance AU member states’ participation in Codex work and better organization of national Codex committees.
From 21 to 23 December 2015, a regional workshop on the establishment of a network on SPS and Food safety for ECOWAS member countries was held in Dakar, Senegal and organized by AU-IBAR under the scope of the project Participation of African Nations in the Sanitary and Phytosanitary standard setting organizations (PANSPSO-Project).
The objectives of the workshop are:
- In general, to establish a network of ECOWAS countries that are involve in sanitary and phytosanitary and food safety activities and create a synergy of actions in this domain.
- And specifically
- To strengthen national Codex Alimentarius Committees;
- To enhance the participation of countries in the various meetings of the Codex Alimentarius Commission;
- To create synergy of actions to pursue a coherent and harmonized policy of food safety in line with the concerns of the West African region.
Over fifty participants at the workshop were National Codex Contact Points and officials of ministries in charge of Codex, actors performing important functions relating to sanitary and phytosanitary issues, representatives of consumers associations.
From 16 to 17 December 2015, a continental workshop on Capacity Building in Agriculture Trade issues was held at AU-IBAR under the scope of the project Participation of African Nations in the Sanitary and Phytosanitary standard setting organizations (PANSPSO-Project).
The objectives of the workshop are:
- Improving knowledge and understanding by participants of the provisions of the Agriculture negotiations Agreement of the WTO
- Improved knowledge and mastering of the Technical barriers to trade
- Improving knowledge and mastering of the Trade facilitation
- Enhancing the capacity of African countries to resolve trade issues using the provisions of the SPS Agreement
Participants at the workshop were officials of ministries in charge of trade, national notification authorities, national information points, and actors performing important functions relating to sanitary and phytosanitary issues in their country or region and who participated in the workshops and trainings organized by the AU-IBAR and the WTO.
The total number of participants was 35 from the following countries and institutions: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Senegal, Seychelles, Chad, Togo, Zambia, AU-IBAR and AU Office in Geneva.
- Workshop for the Restructuration of the National Codex Committee of Senegal
- African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources / United States Department of Agriculture Colloquium on Codex Alimentarius Commission
- African National Codex Contact Points (NCCPs) reached common positions on Codex standards and related texts referred to the 38th Session to the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)
- African OIE Delegates reach common positions on animal health standards for the 83rd General Session of OIE in May 2015