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Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (VET-GOV) Programme Launches Pilot Activity in the Republic of South Sudan

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Participants during the VET-GOV  inauguration of the pilot activity in South Sudan on 14th October, at JB Hotel, Juba, South Sudan.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Participants during the VET-GOV inauguration of the pilot activity in South Sudan on 14th October, at JB Hotel, Juba, South Sudan.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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Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (VET-GOV) Programme Training on Livestock Policy Decisions Making Tools - Extrapolate and LSIPT

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. From Right to Left: Dr Baba Soumare, Chief Animal Health Officer AU-IBAR, Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director AU-IBAR, Dr Bouna Diop FAO ECTAD Manager Eastern Africa and Dr Cheikh Ly Regional Livestock Officer.© 2014 AU-IBAR. From Right to Left: Dr Baba Soumare, Chief Animal Health Officer AU-IBAR, Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director AU-IBAR, Dr Bouna Diop FAO ECTAD Manager Eastern Africa and Dr Cheikh Ly Regional Livestock Officer.29th September - 3rd October, 2014, Lake Naivasha Country Club, Kenya.

The training workshop on livestock policy decisions making tools was carried out at the Lake Naivasha country Club, Naivasha, Kenya from 29th September 2014 to 3rd October, 2014. The five-days training workshop, organized by AU-IBAR in collaboration with FAO, was attended by more than 70 public and private sector stakeholders drawn from African Members States namely Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. In attendance too were staff from AU-IBAR, FAO-ECTAD Eastern Africa, FAO-RAF office in Ghana, FAO-Rome, the OIE, COMESA, IGAD.

Participants were welcome first by Dr Baba Soumare, Chief Animal Health, AU-IBAR. Then Dr Bouna Diop, Manager FAO-ECTAD Eastern Africa and Dr. Walter Masiga OIE Representative for Eastern Africa provided welcoming remarks on behalf of their respective organization, both thanked the Member States for taking part in this workshop. They further elaborated on their institutions' respective roles in the implementation of the VET-GOV programme and reiterated their commitment to foster partnership.

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Animal Health Stakeholders from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania Meet to Discuss Harmonization and Coordination of the Cross Border Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Participants at the SMP-AH Cross-border Meeting for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania held in Mwanza, Tanzania, 25th-27th August 2014.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Participants at the SMP-AH Cross-border Meeting for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania held in Mwanza, Tanzania, 25th-27th August 2014.27th August 2014, Mwanza, Tanzania
Animal health stakeholders from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania meet to discuss harmonization and coordination of the cross border prevention and control of trade-related transboundary animal diseases.

Animal health stakeholders from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania held a three-day meeting in Mwanza, Tanzania from 25th -27th, August 2014 to discuss collaboration on the prevention and control of trade-related transboundary animal diseases (TADs) at cross border areas and to enhance information sharing.

The meeting was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) within the framework of the Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) project with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A total of 30 participants attended the meeting including CVOs from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, USAID, IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD), veterinary technical staff from the participating countries, and community leaders from border areas.

Transboundary animal diseases are a key constraint to livestock production and trade in the Greater Horn of Africa. The diseases have previously resulted in livestock trade bans by the importing countries in the Middle East due to fear of introduction of the diseases, especially Rift Valley fever which also endangers human health. Livestock in the pastoral areas move across international borders for feed, water and trade, and therefore control of TADs requires collaboration and cooperation between countries.

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Workshop on Exit Strategy for the National SPS Committee of Burkina Faso

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.The workshop on exit strategy for the national SPS Committee of Burkina Faso was held on 11th and 12th August 2014 at Hôtel des conférences ouind yidé in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Twenty seven members of the national SPS committee (NSPSC) of Burkina Faso and two representatives of AU-IBAR attended the workshop.

The opening ceremony was chaired by Mr. Lucien SAWADOGO, Director of Plant Health Services.

The presentation of the national SPS committee and the legal text taken by the government to official create and organize the SPS committee was made and commented in order to bring all members on the same level of information and understanding. The next step will be the nomination of the representatives in the committee.

Presentations on standard setting processes of OIE, IPPC and Codex were made by Officers from the Veterinary services, Plant health services and the Codex contact point and an Officer from the Ministry of Trade presented WTO and the SPS Agreement. It was clear from the participants that these three national organizations have their respective responsibilities and they need to work in synergy within the national SPS committee in collaboration with the private sector, the consumers' organizations, the academia and the research institutions.

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SMP-AH held its 3rd Project Steering Committee Meeting

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Participants at the 3rd Project Steering Committee Meeting held on 3rd June 2014 at Imperial Resort Hotel, Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda© 2014 AU-IBAR. Participants at the 3rd Project Steering Committee Meeting held on 3rd June 2014 at Imperial Resort Hotel, Munyonyo in Kampala, UgandaThe 3rd steering committee meeting for the SMP-AH project was held in Kampala, Uganda on 3rd June 20114 with the main aim of provide guidance on the overall direction of the project to achieve its desired goal and to facilitate synergies and complementarities with the related STSD project-whose 1st Steering Committee meeting was held back-to-back.

The meeting was chaired by the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission, H.E. Mrs Rhoda Peace Tumusiime. In attendance were representatives of key stakeholders with a stake in the surveillance, prevention and control of trade-related TADs and trade in livestock and livestock products. AU-IBAR and its partner organisations, including, IGAD, USAID, OIE, FAO and ILRI were fully represented. In addition, the Livestock traders' Association, North Eastern African Livestock Council (NEALCO) was in attendance. As well, Member states, including, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda were represented. The meeting was graced with the presence of Hon. Bright Rwamirama, Minister of State for Animal Industry in Uganda.