The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), has brought together the five Member States of the Arab Maghreb Union (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) to critically reflect on their national veterinary legislation on the control of animal diseases with a view to embarking on a process of regional harmonization.
The seminar in Tunis, Tunisia was officially opened by the Director of Veterinary Services of Tunisia, Dr Malek Zrelli, on behalf of the Minister responsible for Livestock. He welcomed the participants and thanked them for their commitment to a regional approach which is the way forward to increase trade in livestock.
The representative of UMA, Mr. Abuagila G. R. Shadi, thanked AU-IBAR for its relentless support to UMA. He explained the work of the UMA veterinary committee and informed the audience of a plan to establish an emergency fund for the control of animal diseases.
Dr Riadh Mansouri, representing FAO, thanked AU-IBAR for inviting FAO to the seminar and reiterated their commitment to support the process.
Dr Rachid Bouguedour of OIE thanked AU-IBAR for the laudable initiative and presented the various regional instruments with emphasis on the veterinary committee and its sub-committees.
As part of the implementation of the VET-GOV Program, AU-IBAR in collaboration with WAEMU, OIE and FAO organized a benchmarking workshop on the harmonization of WAEMU veterinary legislation from 16th to 18th December 2014 in Dakar, Senegal.
The workshop was attended by chief veterinary officers from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Mauritania, Tunisia and Zimbabwe, representatives from RECs (COMESA, ECCAS and IGAD) and participants from AU-IBAR, OIE, and FAO. The Government of Senegal made all necessary administrative arrangements to facilitate the workshop organization in the best conditions possible.
The workshop was officially opened by Mr Cheikh Tidiane Diop, the Director of cabinet of the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Resources, Senegal, following remarks from Dr Baba Soumare representing the Director of AU-IBAR, Dr Martial Petitclerc representing the OIE and Dr Bouna Diop representing FAO.
AU-IBAR, under its VET-GOV Programme, launched a pilot activity entitled "Veterinary policy formulation and advocacy for enactment of veterinary legislations" in South Sudan on 14th October 2014. The ceremony presided by Dr. Makuei Malual Kaang, the Undersecretary, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Industry and Dr. Jacob Korok, the Director General in the same Ministry was attended by stakeholders from FAO South Sudan Office, the private sector, ICRC, the Universities, the Sudan Bureau of Statistics and staff from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Industry.
Dr. Samuel Wakhusama representing AU-IBAR and the IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Development (ICPALD) elaborated the purpose of the VET-GOV programme and congratulated the Republic of South Sudan for securing the funding through competitive bidding. He thanked the European Union (EU) for providing funding support and AU-IBAR's partners on the programme, FAO and OIE, for their diligent partnerships in executing the programme. On his part, Dr. Makuei Malual Kaang thanked AU-IBAR and IGAD for their continued support to the Republic of South Sudan and indicated the support provided through VET-GOV would go a long way in helping shape the policy landscape in the livestock sector in the Republic of South Sudan.
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