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.
3 – 4 September 2015, Accra, Ghana
The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) / United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colloquium on Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) was held in Accra, Ghana from 3 to 4 September 2015 at the Fiesta Royale Hotel. The participants comprised of Food Safety experts including Codex Contact Point Officers/persons, senior experts and officials under ministries of health, agriculture, livestock and fisheries from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Togo, United Republic of Tanzania and United States of America, and representatives from AU-IBAR and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).
Funded by the USDA Codex office, the Colloquium was officially opened by Mr. Robert Baffour Tandor, Director of Standards representing the Minister for Trade and Industry of Togo. AU-IBAR opening remarks were given by Dr. Raphael Coly, AU-IBAR PANSPSO Coordinator, while USDA remarks were made by Mrs Mary Frances Lowe, U.S. Codex Manager.
The objectives of the colloquium were:
- to get update on Africa food safety issues as they relate to Proposed Guidelines for the Application of General Principles of Food Hygiene for the control of Foodborne parasites;
- to identify areas of capacity building on Codex participation and on food safety organization in Africa including risk analysis and establishment of food control authorities at national and regional levels;
- to exchange views and Share experiences between CCAfrica and U.S. Codex Delegates on Codex draft standards under discussion in various Codex committees;
- to find opportunity to collaborate on strategies for advancing shared regional positions; and
- to adopt harmonized positions on key Codex issues of importance to both regions.
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 African National Codex Contact Points from 15th to 18th June 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to examine the proposed Codex standards and related texts submitted for adoption during the 38th Session the Codex Alimentarius Commission to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 6th to 11th July 2015.
Of attendance were fifty African Delegates from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, G. Equatorial, Kenya, Mali, , Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, RCA, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia and Cameroon. Three observer organizations were in attendance namely the EU representative, ECOWAS and IGAD.
The NCCPs agreed and adopted common positions that they will articulate during the 38th Session of CAC. The meeting also adopted a number of recommendations related to enhanced participation in Codex work and better organization of national Codex committees.
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