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Expert Consultative Meeting on Ornamental Fisheries

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Expert Consultative Meeting on Ornamental Fisheries, AU-IBAR offices in Nairobi, Kenya from 14-16 March 2016.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Expert Consultative Meeting on Ornamental Fisheries, AU-IBAR offices in Nairobi, Kenya from 14-16 March 2016.African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) organised an expert consultative meeting on ornamental fisheries from the 14-16 March in AU-IBAR offices, Nairobi, Kenya.

The overall objective of the meeting was to convey experts and relevant stakeholders in the field to brainstorm on the ornamental fisheries inclusively looking at the whole value chain (current status of the fisheries, trade route, trends, market etc.) with a view of identifying key issues in the sector to be addressed in the development and sustainable management of the sector. Other specific objectives were to (i) review of status of ornamental fisheries and trade including but not limited to the level of the exploitation, markets, target species, challenges etc. and (ii) propose strategic actions for the formulation of regulatory framework on Ornamental Fish Trade in the continent.

The meeting was attended by selected 18 participants with representatives drawn from the National Ministries of Fisheries, private sector, research institutes and regional economic community.

The meeting started with a brief welcome statement by the Conference Chair Dr. Simplice Nouala the Chief of Animal Production Unit on behalf of the AU-IBAR Director, Prof Ahmed El-Sawalhy. He acknowledged that the demand for ornamental fish is increasing at national, continental and international markets level due to several reasons including aesthetics, pleasure and the belief that it brings luck, helps ease stress and other factors. The earning potential of this sector has hardly been understood and the same is not being exploited in a technology driven manner.

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Press Release - Regional Training Workshop on Strengthening Capacity for Negotiating Fair and Sustainable Fisheries Access Arrangements in East and Southern Africa

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Regional Training Workshop on Strengthening Capacity for Negotiating Fair and Sustainable Fisheries Access Arrangements in East and Southern Africa. 25 - 27 February, 2016 Maputo, Mozambique.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Regional Training Workshop on Strengthening Capacity for Negotiating Fair and Sustainable Fisheries Access Arrangements in East and Southern Africa. 25 - 27 February, 2016 Maputo, Mozambique.The Regional workshop on strengthening the capacity for negotiating for Fair and Sustainable Fisheries Access Arrangements in Eastern and Southern Africa was jointly organized by the African Union- Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, with support from the European Union, in Maputo, from 25th to 27th February 2016.

The overall objective of this training workshop was to equip the African fisheries experts/administrators with the necessary skills and knowledge for enhancing their ability to successfully negotiate for granting access to fishing fleets, processing technologies or any related fisheries investments in order to promote equitable and sustainable access agreements in Africa. This was an advanced and expanded part of a series of workshops organized by the AU-IBAR on the negotiation of sustainable fisheries access agreements in Africa, the first and second in the series having been held in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire in June 2012 and Douala Cameroon in December, 2012 for negotiating fishing access arrangements for shared at regional level.

The training was attended by 39 participants drawn from relevant representatives of 11 African Union Member States (AU MS) namely Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Comoros, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, South Africa, Seychelles, Djibouti, Regional Economic Communities (RECs – COMESA, SADC, IGAD), Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs – SWIOFC, LTA), relevant partners/NGOs (WWF), experts and as well as relevant members of staff of the AU-IBAR.

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Final Communiqué - 7th Progamme Steering Committee for VET-GOV

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: 7th Progamme Steering Committee for VET-GOV. 13th - 14th April 2016 Libreville, Gabon.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: 7th Progamme Steering Committee for VET-GOV. 13th - 14th April 2016 Libreville, Gabon.The seventh VET-GOV Programme Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting was held at the Boulevard Hotel in Libreville, Gabon, on 13th and 14th April 2016. It was attended by the Steering Committee Members, participants from AU-IBAR, OIE, FAO, PROPAC, EAFF, EISMV, CEBEVIRHA-CEMAC, BRENTEC and RECs (COMESA, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD and SADC) and invited representatives from countries such as Botswana, Kenya and Sao Tome and Principe.

The meeting was officially opened by Honourable Gabriel TCHANGO, State Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Republic of Gabon, following remarks from Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, the Director AU-IBAR representing the Commissioner of DREA, Mrs. Clotilde Niguizama, the ECCAS Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Diego Zurdo, representing the EU; Dr Cyprien Biaou representing the FAO and Dr. Karim Tounkara representing the OIE.

The 7th PSC Meeting deliberated on the following:

  • Matters arising from the previous meeting;
  • Consolidated Progress report and harmonized calendar of events (AU-IBAR, FAO, OIE, RECs);
  • Financial reports by the project partners;
  • Updates on the IGAD studies on contribution of livestock to GDP;
  • Updates on pilot activity on Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) Scientific Network in the SADC;
  • Updates on pilot activity on Advocacy and capacity building to support policy reforms in veterinary services delivery in Sao Tome;
  • Updates on the new EU – funded OIE project, i.e. “Strengthening Veterinary Services in Developing Countries + Rabies” (SVSDC+R) project (2015 – 2018).
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Press Release - Validation Workshop for Animal Disease Surveillance Database for IGAD Member States

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© 2016 AU-IBAR/HB. Cross-Sectional Survey Data collection in Djibouti, 2015.© 2016 AU-IBAR/HB. Cross-Sectional Survey Data collection in Djibouti, 2015.A validation workshop for an Animal Disease Surveillance Database for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Member States (MS) was recently organised by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the IGAD/ICPALD, under the European Union funded surveillance for trade sensitive diseases (STSD) project.

The overall objective of the workshop was to validate the draft surveillance database for collection, storage and analysis of data from the harmonized cross sectional surveys (CSS) for CBPP, FMD, PPR and RVF in the IGAD MS and the region. The specific objectives were (i) to familiarize cross-sectional survey coordinators from AU-IBAR and the IGAD Member States with objectives, format, contents and use of the database for capturing and analysis of cross-sectional survey data; (ii) to facilitate the review and provision of feedback on different aspects of the draft database by Epidemiologists from the IGAD Member States to enable its finalization for adoption and effective use as a tool; and (iiI) to agree on the way forward on the CSS data storage and analysis at national (MS) and regional level (IGAD&AU-IBAR).

The meeting was attended by the STSD Project National Focal Points (NFPs) and surveillance coordinators in the national veterinary diagnostic laboratories of the IGAD MS that included Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. Participants from the Somali regions of Somaliland and Puntland as well as the relevant staff members of AU-IBAR and IGAD/ICPALD also attended the workshop together with the representatives of invited partners working in Somalia, namely COOPI and Terra Nuova.

The meeting was officially opened by Director of Animal Resources of Uganda, Dr. Nicholas Kauta on 30th March 2016. Opening remarks were also made by the representative of IGAD/ICPALD Dr. Agol Kwai and Dr. Henry Wamwayi on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy.

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Press Releases - Workshop on Women’s Rights and the Fisheries Reforms in Africa and Celebration of International Woman Day

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Workshop on Women’s Right and Fisheries Reforms in Africa and celebration of Woman International Day.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Workshop on Women’s Right and Fisheries Reforms in Africa and celebration of Woman International Day.A Workshop on Women’s Right and Fisheries Reforms in Africa and celebration of Woman International Day was held in Nouakchott, Mauritania, from 06th to 08th Mars 2016. The Meeting was organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with African Confederation of Artisanal Fisheries Professional organizations (CAOPA) and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania with support from the European Union. The African Union has recognised 2016 the year of Human Rights. The theme of the workshop and the consequent International Women’s Day celebration on the 8th March 2016 was on Women Rights.

The workshop deliberated upon priority actions to secure the rights of women in the fisheries towards the attainment of the objectives of the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa. The meeting was attended more than 90 participants who included representatives of women groups from the Fisheries Sector from 47 African Union Member States, development partners, experts, journalists and African Union staff. The official opening ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy, His Excellence Mr. Nanni Ould Chrougha in the presence of the Minister of Social Affairs, Children and Family, Her Excellence Dr. Fatima Habib of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

In her welcome remarks, Ms. Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malek, Mayor of the Municipality of Teverbaugh Zeina in Nouakchott, highlighted the contribution of African women in to national economies of African countries. She noted that socio-economic empowerment was necessary for African women to be able claim their rights. She, on her part, would continue fighting for equality of among men and women in the fisheries sector in Africa.

Mr. Sid'Ahmed Ould Abeid, President of CAOPA acknowledged that African women in Artisanal Fisheries sector only supported their families, but especially were the ''Economic Engines" of the entire community. As a result of their contribution to the national economies, the President of CAOPA stated that ‘we do not need more mechanisms for implementation’ but rather the implementation of actions to ensure the women rights that include their rights of access to resources fisheries, information, finance, the development of their capacities, and effective participation in decision making.