28th and 29th March 2013
At the invitation of the Economic Community Of West African States ECOWAS Commission, in partnership with the African Union - Inter-bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a regional meeting of the World Organization for Animal Health OIE delegates to develop common positions on OIE animal health standards was held in Abuja, Nigeria on the 28th - 29th March2013.
The Workshop was officially opened by Dr Ahmed Abu Zachar, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Marine. Also attending were Dr Mohammed Abdul Raziq, representative of the Director of African Union -Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) , Dr Abdel Nasser Dehom, Chairman of the Management Committee of the National Center for Animal Health and Chief Veterinary Officer, Engineer Yousef Abu Royce, Director of Animal Production and Dr. Osama Ragab, Regional Coordinator of the VET-GOV Programme for the Union of Maghribian Arab (UMA). In addition 25 participants, representing all stakeholders related to animal resources development in Libya, attended the Workshop.
Theme of the Conference
T&T Research and Control for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development:
Promoting Partnership and Learning Agenda in the context of African Renaissance
The General Conference of the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC) will be held on 8th to 12th September 2013 in Khartoum, Sudan. The objective of the Conference will be to promote information sharing on tsetse, human and animal trypanosomiasis problem, review control strategies and recommend appropriate approaches in research and control for the next two years. It will be a five day event with over 300 participants from the 36 T&T affected African countries and international organizations expected to attend with over 100 presentations.
AU-IBAR and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) held an internal coordination meeting on Africa fisheries in Nairobi, Kenya on 5th and 6th February 2013. The meeting was the third in a series of planned quarterly meetings between the two African Union agencies and is generally aimed at coordinating fisheries activities on the continent with the purposes of harmonizing and generating synergistic approaches to programme implementation.
As the African Union is becoming increasingly committed to proper and timely planning and execution of activities, AU-IBAR organised a retreat from 7th to 11th January 2013, to discuss and finalise the 2013 Annual Management Plan (AMP) 2013. The event, which included team building exercises, took place at the scenic Lake Naivasha Country Club in Naivasha, Kenya.