6th February 2014, Nairobi, Kenya
The fourth PANSPSO Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting was held in Nairobi, Kenya, 6th of February 2014 was preceded on 5th 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 Dr. Abebe Haile-Gabriel, the Director of DREA, Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR; Dr. J. Mezui M'Ella the Director AU-IAPSC; representatives of COMESA, EAC, ECCAS, IGAD and SADC; representative of EU Delegation to Kenya, OIE and FAO.
The PSC meeting deliberated on the following key issues:
- Matters arising and reports on follow-up of the 3rd SCM held in Abuja, Nigeria, 20th – 21st June 2013.
- PANSPSO Technical and Financial Annual reports 2013 by AU-IBAR and the findings of the mid-term evaluation by the consultant.
Forty participants from sixteen (16) African countries, one (1) from AU-IAPSC, three (3) from AU-DREA, four (4) from AU-IBAR and two (2) from World Trade Organization (WTO) attended, from 25th to 27th November 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe an AU-IBAR led workshop with the collaboration of WTO on the transparency provision of the SPS Committee of the WTO and on improvement of the participation of African delegates in the meetings of the SPS Committee. This workshop is dedicated to English-speaking countries of the African Union and Members of the WTO.
The following countries were represented: Botswana, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra-Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Forty nine participants from twenty five (25) African countries, two (2) Regional Economic Communities (COMESA and UMA), UNIDO, FAO, WHO, EU, EFSA, COLEACP, CONSULTANTS, AU-DREA, AU-IBAR and AU-IAPSC met from 5th to 7th November 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in order to agree on the missions, functions and structure of the Food Safety Coordination and the Rapid Alert System Mechanisms for its establishment at the African Union Commission as a follow-up of the decision made by AU and EU Heads of State and Government at the Lisbon Summit held on 9th December 2007.
This second workshop is a follow-up of the workshop held from 29th to 30th October 2012 in Kigali, Rwanda.
The following countries were represented: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Gambia (The), Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome et Principe, Sudan, Senegal, Swaziland, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Uganda.
The workshop adopted the missions, the functions and three options for the structure of the Food Safety Coordination and Rapid Alert System Mechanisms.