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Communiqué - Consultative Workshop on Establishment of Continental Network for Women Fish Processors and Traders

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Consultative Workshop on Establishment of Continental Network for Women Fish Processors and Traders.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Consultative Workshop on Establishment of Continental Network for Women Fish Processors and Traders.Introduction

A consultative workshop for establishment of a continental network for women fish processors and traders organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Agency (NPCA), WorldFish and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania was held from 20th to 22nd April 2017, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The main objective of the workshop was to establish a continental network of women fish processors and traders that would facilitate (i) collaboration and cooperation between women fish processor and trader associations in the continent, (ii) sharing of best practices, experiences, technologies and learning together, (iii) advocate for issues affecting their activities and facilitate enabling policy environment to enhance their role in the fisheries sector in the continent, (iv) attract increased public & private investment in fish post-harvest activities (fish processing and trading), (v) strengthen their role as Small Medium and Enterprises (SMEs) and hence expand their market and marketing opportunities, resulting in improved intra-regional African fish trade.

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Communiqué - Continental Training Workshops on the Diagnosis, Control and Surveillance of Aquatic Animal Diseases

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Continental Training Workshops on the Diagnosis, Control and Surveillance of Aquatic Animal Diseases.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Continental Training Workshops on the Diagnosis, Control and Surveillance of Aquatic Animal Diseases.Introduction

A continental training workshop on the diagnosis and control of aquatic animal diseases and consultative workshops to develop regional aquatic animal disease control frameworks as well as establish regional aquatic animal health networks was jointly organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the NEPAD Agency in collaboration with the Government and People’s of the Arab Republic of Egypt, WorldFish Africa Aquaculture Research and Training Center (AARTC) in Egypt, Benha University in Egypt and Central Laboratory for Aquaculture Research (CLAR) in Egypt. The meeting was organized from the 26th to 30th March in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt.

The overall objective of the training was to strengthen the veterinary capacity for aquatic animal disease diagnosis, control and surveillance on the continent. The specific objectives were to (i) impart practical knowledge and skills to veterinarians and fisheries managers to improve their capacity to undertake diagnoses, prevention and control of fish diseases within their respective regions and (ii) strengthen the capacity of regional and national veterinary and fisheries services to supervise and implement fish disease prevention and control measures.

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AU-IBAR and COMESA Strengthen the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Quanrantine Practices and Procedures

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© 2017 AU-IBAR/@AMontasser: Cattel in quarantine station in Djibouti.© 2017 AU-IBAR/@AMontasser: Cattel in quarantine station in Djibouti.A training of trainers (ToT) on quarantine practices and procedures was held from 25th-29th April 2017 at Venus Hotel in Kinshasa, DRC.

The purpose and scope of setting up of Quarantine Stations is to prevent the incoming of Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs) and zoonotic diseases into the country through importation of livestock and livestock products and also out of the country through export. The increased and faster international trade and travel exposes every country to the danger of infiltration of known and unknown transmissible diseases which have the potential of very serious and rapid spread, adverse socio-economic and human/animal health consequences.

There are many infectious diseases of livestock origin which are prevalent in our continent and also present in DRC. It is, therefore, necessary that exotic diseases do not gain entry into DRC and out of DRC to other countries through movement of livestock and livestock product from across the borders. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in collaboration with African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) through the “Reinforcing Veterinary Governance Programme” has organized TOT on quarantine practices and procedures to build the capacity of staff working at border quarantine in RDC.

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Communiqué - Workshop on the Establishment of the East Africa Platform of Non State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (EARFISH)

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Workshop on the Establishment of the East Africa Platform of Non State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (EARFISH).© 2017 AU-IBAR. Workshop on the Establishment of the East Africa Platform of Non State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (EARFISH).Introduction

The Workshop to formally establish a platform of non-state actors (NSAs) in East Africa was jointly organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania from 18th-19th April 2017, in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania.

The overall objective of this regional workshop was to create and formalize the establishment of a recognised regional platform for active non-state actors in East Africa involved in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the region that will (i) will provide strategic leadership and coordination of all national and sub-national level NSAs in fisheries and aquaculture in the region (ii) articulate their needs and demands in regional and continental forums including fostering linkages or engagement with RECs, RFBs, AU, development partners.

The specific objectives were to:

  •  Enlighten participants on the AU-IBAR/NEPAD Agency programmes, relevant Malabo goals, Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS) and the Guide for implementation of the PFRS.
  • Enable NSAs representatives share information on the experiences, challenges and impacts of their work in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in their respective countries.
  • Brief the participants on the action plan developed in August 2015 for the processes of establishing East African Fisheries NSA Platform.
  • Develop Rules of procedures, establish governance structures/bureau bearers and action plans for the Eastern Africa NSA.
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Workshop on Strengthening Capacity and Promoting Regional Cooperation for Effective Combat Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (Iuu) Fishing in Central Africa Region

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.A regional workshop on strengthening monitoring, control and surveillance to effectively combat, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Central Africa was jointly organized by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), la Commission Régionale des Pêches du Golfe de Guinea (COREP), with support from the European Union, in Pointe Noire, the Republic of Congo, from 17th to 21st February 2017.

The overall objective of the meeting was to identify priority actions and mechanisms for establishing effective regional cooperation for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of fisheries and implementation of International Instruments. The specific objectives were to (i) examine reports on the status of MCS and International Instruments in Central Africa for adoption and validation, (ii) identify challenges and constraints for regional cooperation in the fight against IUU fishing, (iii) propose a framework for regional and sub-regional collaboration on MCS, and (iv) develop a roadmap for the establishing and strengthening of a regional coordination Cell (or Unit) of MCS in the Central Africa.

The meeting was attended by over 45 participants including Directors of Fisheries and MCS Experts from Central African coastal states (Cameroun, Gabon, Congo Rep., Congo Democratic Rep., Sao Tomé & Principe, Equatorial Guinea, and Angola), COREP, experts and African Union staff.