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Second Continental Workshop on the Missions, Functions and Structure of African Union Food Safety Authority and a Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed

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© 2013 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.© 2013 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.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.

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Training on Veterinary Legislation

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© 2013 AU-IBAR. Training on Veterinary Legislation at Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha - Tanzania.© 2013 AU-IBAR. Training on Veterinary Legislation at Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha - Tanzania.In collaboration between AU-IBAR Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (VET-GOV) programme and FAO, a training programme on veterinary legislation took place from the 29th – 31st October 2013, in Arusha, Tanzania. It was attended by 41 participants representing the English-speaking countries of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). These were: Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, and AU-IBAR VET-GOV Program staff.

This capacity-building workshop provided Directors of Veterinary Services and selected number of legal experts, registrars from veterinary statutory bodies and professional associations and legal advisors with the necessary information, updates and skills regarding veterinary legislation.

The main topics covered during the training were the international framework for veterinary legislation, drafting veterinary legislation, legislation on animal production, legislation on animal health and disease control, legislation on animal welfare, legislation on animal identification and traceability, legislation on animal feeds, veterinary professions, regional harmonization of veterinary legislation and principles of drafting a piece of veterinary legislation.

The workshop participants embraced the contents of the Legislation training workshop and the member states agreed to participate in the process of veterinary legislation review and update and the regional and national action plans were endorsed.

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Regional Workshop of Africa’s National Plant Protection Officers to Discuss IPPC’s Draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures

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Senegal, 28th - 31st October 2013

The regional workshop for the of Africa's National Plant Protection Officers to discuss IPPC's draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) opened today October 28th, 2013 in the Senegalese capital Dakar.

© 2013 AU-IBAR. Group photo.© 2013 AU-IBAR. Group photo.The meeting is an annual activity which contracting parties are called upon to implement. This meeting came up after the publication of the 2013 draft ISPMs by IPPC for comments. Attendance included NPPO of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, DRC, Egypt, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Sao Tome et Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe; delegates from the IPPC and COLEACP, and also AU-IAPSC and AU-IBAR staff.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide participants from African countries with a regional forum to review and discuss the 2013 draft ISPMs and annexes.

The opening ceremony was presided over by the Senegalese Director of Plant Protection, Mr Mbargou LO, after the welcome speech by Director of the Interafrican Phytosanitary Council. For four days, participants will discuss and provide inputs to five ISPMs and three annexes submitted by IPPC for members Consultations.

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VET-GOV National Multidisciplinary workshop on the establishment and operationalisation of policy hub

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Gambia, 25th - 27th September 2013

© 2013 AU-IBAR. Honorable minister Solomon Owens (middle),                                                                                                                             to his left, Mrs. Ada Gaye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Mr. Sheriffo Bojang, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture.  To his right, Dr Baboucarr Jaw, VET-GOV project officer and Hon. Abdou  Kolley, National Assembly Member© 2013 AU-IBAR. Honorable minister Solomon Owens (middle), to his left, Mrs. Ada Gaye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Mr. Sheriffo Bojang, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture. To his right, Dr Baboucarr Jaw, VET-GOV project officer and Hon. Abdou Kolley, National Assembly MemberThe workshop was officially opened by the Minister of Agriculture Honorable Solomon Owens who stated that the livestock sector is seriously constrained by animal diseases and inadequate investments to enhance its contribution to the development of the African continent despite its leverage potential. He noted that in June 2012, the government of The Gambia took the decision to implement the recommendations of the OIE PVS mission of 2009 to re-establish the Department of Livestock Services with a strong veterinary mandate under a single chain of command.

Speaking on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy, Dr Baboucarr Jaw the VET-GOV project officer stated that AU-IBAR is exploring practical strategies to assist member states and regional economic communities to sustainably manage their animal resources. "The main approach to achieve these results is the mobilisation of technical and financial resources to undertake interventions aimed at addressing the challenges to animal resources development in Africa," he outlined.

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VET-GOV Livestock Consultative Stakeholders Worksop in Sierra Leone

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© 2013 AU-IBAR. Honorable Deputy Minister Madam Marie Jalloh and the workshop participants.© 2013 AU-IBAR. Honorable Deputy Minister Madam Marie Jalloh and the workshop participants.In collaboration with the AU-IBAR, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); the National Consultative Multidisciplinary Stakeholders Workshop on the establishment of Livestock Policy Hub (LPH) took place from the 24th – 26th September 2013, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. It was attended by 40 participants representing stakeholders including senior staff of state and non-state actors (Government, Civil Society Organizations, Community Based Organizations, Private Sector Organizations, the National Livestock Policy Focal Point (NLPFP) and AU-IBAR VET-GOV Program staff.