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.
17 – 20 August 2015, Hotel Almadies, Dakar. At the request of the President of the National Codex Committee of Senegal, the workshop was planned and funded by the U.S. Codex Office with the technical support from AU-IBAR for four days. The workshop focused on the mandate, structure and function of CAC, the roles and functions of the Codex Contact Point (CCP) and The National Codex Committee.
The specific objectives of the workshop were:
- To increase the understanding of the structures and procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission;
- To describe the issues to consider when establishing a national Codex framework to facilitate active involvement in Codex;
- To discuss the use of Codex standards, guidelines and recommendations in national food safety programmes;
- To provide a platform to discuss challenges and future capacity building needs on Codex-related activities.
The expected outcomes of the workshop were:
- Common understanding of the structure and procedures of the CAC, how its work should be coordinated at the national level and how Senegal can participate and influence its work;
- Draft action plans for strengthening the National Codex Committee activities;
- Identify areas of technical assistance and capacity building.
- 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
- Improving effective participation of Africa in the WTO SPS Committee