CAIRO, EGYPT - 28th March to 2nd April, 2014. Within the framework of the reinforcing veterinary governance in Africa (VET-GOV) programme the national livestock policy hub of Egypt has been inaugurated. In his introductory remarks, Prof. Dr. Ahmed El-Sawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR and Head of Mission thanked the Government of Egypt for accepting AU-IBAR technical and financial support in holding such an important event. He also expressed gratitude to all members of the Policy Hub for attending the first meeting of the policy hub. He then requested the team to develop a road map for the implementation of identified gaps including formulation of livestock development policy, strategy and improvement of veterinary legislation. Prof Dr. Osama Sleem, Chairman of General Organization of Veterinary Services presided over the ceremony and officially opened the Policy Hub meeting. The opening ceremony was chaired by Dr. Faroul El-dswky chairman of policy hub.
The objectives of the meeting were:
- To bring the members of the livestock policy hub together and facilitate their acquaintance with the VET-GOV programme,
- To get feedback on their terms of reference and on draft the national action plan,
- To discuss the draft Livestock Development Strategic Plan,
- To develop implementation road map of the identified livestock development gaps.
The workshop brought together nominated members of the policy hub from Government departments and civil society organisations.
Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy paid a courtesy call to the minister of agriculture and land reclamation, Prof. Dr. Ayman Farid Abohaded and briefed him on the VET-GOV programme and other AU-IBAR initiatives. He also visited the vaccine production research institute and had meetings with the lead livestock sector private operator, the Dean of Cairo faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the chairman of consumer protection and other major stakeholders.