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 fifth meeting for African National Codex Contact Points from 16th to 18th June 2014 in Nairobi to examine the proposed Codex standards and related texts submitted for adoption during the 37th Session the Codex Alimentarius Commission to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 14th to 18th July 2014.
Of attendance were forty four African Delegates from Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome et Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, South Africa, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. ECCAS, IGAD and SADC were the only regional economic communities represented. Of attendance were CCAFRICA Coordinator and EU.
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 sixth meeting for OIE delegates, from 5th to 7th May 2014 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 25th to 30th May 2014.
Of attendance were thirty eight African Delegates from Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Democratic Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. IGAD was the only regional economic community represented.
At attendance were representative of FAO (ECTAD Nairobi) and OIE (OIE Regional representative for Africa, OIE sub-regional office for East Africa)
The African OIE Delegates and the representatives of RECs agreed on common positions that the 52 African countries members of OIE will present at the 82nd General Session of OIE. The meeting recommended to African OIE Delegates absent at the meeting in Nairobi to support the common positions in order for Africa to speak with ONE VOICE.
The workshop on exit strategy for the National SPS Committee of Guinea was held on 3rd and 4th March 2014 at the Hotel Petit Bateau in Conakry. Forty eight members of the national SPS committee (NSPSC) of Guinea, representatives of AU-IBAR, of FAO and of OIF attended the workshop.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Mr. Marc YOMBOUNO, Minister of Trade accompanied by his colleague, El -Hadj Alpha Ousmane Diallo, Minister of Livestock and Animal Production.
The presentation of the Annual Report 2013 has raised many questions and debates. But ultimately, the Committee was commended for the results achieved, despite the political events that marked the year 2013 in Guinea. Committee members were encouraged to take more online training to enable them to participate in advanced training sessions organized by WTO in Geneva or in regions / continents. Presentations made by each of the three sisters in SPS (Codex Alimentarius, OIE and IPPC) helped to understand their roles and respective responsibilities and the need for them to work in synergy within the national SPS committee.
- PAN-SPSO Fourth Steering Committee Meeting
- Workshop on transparency and participation in the activities of the WTO SPS committee for English-speaking countries of the African Union
- Second Continental Workshop on the Missions, Functions and Structure of African Union Food Safety Authority and a Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed
- Regional Workshop of Africa’s National Plant Protection Officers to Discuss IPPC’s Draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures