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Communiqué - Expert Consultation on Roadmap for Establishing Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.Introduction

The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanzania with support from the European Union organised Expert Consultation Meeting on a roadmap for Establishing Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa in order to strengthen the capacity of the continent for improved management and development of its fisheries and aquaculture resources so as to ensure increased sustainable contribution of the sector to food security, poverty alleviation and economic growth. The meeting was held from 27th to 28th of June 2016 in Zanzibar Beach Resort in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania.

The specific objectives of the meeting were: i) to agree on the scope and priority areas to be covered by the Centres of Excellence, ii) to discuss the institutional framework and sustainability mechanism, and, iii) to propose a roadmap for the establishment of centre of excellence.

The meeting was attended by 39 participants that included representatives from AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Fisheries Bodies, Research and academia institutions from and outside the continent, Developmental partners, CSOs and staffs from AUC (AUC-DREA and AU-IBAR).

The opening ceremony was marked by statements from Dr Motseki Hlatshwayo, on behalf of the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Simplice Nouala, Chief Animal Production Officer on behalf of the Director AU-IBAR and the meeting was officially opened by The Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries, Zanzibar, Dr Hamad Rashid Mohammed in the presence of The Principal Secretary, Dr Juma Ali.

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Communiqué - The Third Executive Committee and Working Group Meeting of the African Apiculture Platform on Honey Production, Bee Health and Pollination Services

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. African Apiculture Platform (AAP) on Honey Production, Bee Health and Pollination Services at New Africa Hotel, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 6th-8th June 2016.© 2016 AU-IBAR. African Apiculture Platform (AAP) on Honey Production, Bee Health and Pollination Services at New Africa Hotel, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 6th-8th June 2016.Background

The Third Executive Committee and Working Group Meeting of the African Apiculture Platform (AAP) on Honey Production, Bee Health and Pollination Services was held from 6th to 8th June at the New Africa Hotel in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. The AAP is the pivotal continental apiculture multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) that brings together sector actors with the goal of elevating the apiculture sector across the continent. Key objectives of the AAP are facilitating collaboration of stakeholders, advocating for an enabling policy framework for the sector, advocating for increased public and private investment, knowledge sharing, capacity development and partnership building.

Facilitated by the African Union-InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), which is mandated to provide leadership in the development of Africa’s animal resources, the AAP draws on the convening power of the African Union to bring key public sector actors i.e.., AU Member States (MS) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on to the same forum with private sector, beekeeper associations, non-governmental organizations, and academia and research institutions among other key caucuses. This gives the Platform legitimacy, unprecedented leverage, and a strong mandate for substantive agenda setting, policy reform, decision making and advocacy.

The Executive Committee, a twenty-seven person body representative of the main caucuses in the Platform, is vested with the leadership of the Platform, and executing the decisions and recommendations of the General Assembly. Three permanent expert Working Groups, the Bee Health Working Group, the Production, Marketing and Technologies Working Group, and the Pollination Services and Biodiversity Working Group are mandated to advice the AAP on strategic issues of import to the Platform.

The Meeting was attended by 40 delegates from 21 Member States: Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The Purpose of the Meeting was to consolidate the work of the Platform for 2016, streamlining the work plans of the EC and WGs in alignment with the decisions and recommendations of the General Assembly, and the specific terms of reference of the organs.

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Communiqué - Regional Seminar for ECOWAS Member States on Regional Harmonization of Legislation in the Veterinary Domain

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.Introduction

As part of the implementation of the VET-GOV Program, AU-IBAR in collaboration with OIE and FAO organized a regional Seminar on harmonization of veterinary Legislation in the ECOWAS region from 20th to 24th June 2016 at Ibis Hotel, Lome, Togo. Participating countries were Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. AU - IBAR was represented by the VET-GOV Technical Assistant and the VET-GOV Programme officer who represented the Director AU-IBAR. ECOWAS was represented by Dr Vivian Iwar. OIE team comprised of Dr. Martial Petitclerc, the OIE head of mission, and three legislation consultants Dr. Hedi Mekni, Dr. Christian Rondeau and Dr. Xavier Roy. FAO representative was Wora Salami Ibrahim of the FAO Sub – Regional Office for West Africa. The Government of the Republic of Togo for its part took all the necessary administrative arrangements to facilitate the Seminar organization in the best conditions.

The objectives of the regional seminar were to:

  • identify an area of the veterinary domain for which ECOWAS member countries have a shared interest in harmonizing their regional legislation;
  • review the international standards for veterinary legislation relative to the selected area of the veterinary domain;
  • review existing representative legislation from within or outside the region which embodies the international standards relative to that area of the veterinary domain;
  • provide veterinarians and lawyers from ECOWAS member countries with the opportunity to review the principles of quality legislative drafting;
  • apply those principles to the critical evaluation of their existing legislation in the chosen area of the veterinary domain;
  • identify gaps, overlaps and conflicts between the relevant laws of the ECOWAS member states; and,
  • initiate the group process among ECOWAS member states of developing a regional approach to legislation for the chosen area of the veterinary domain.
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The First ESOLT Project Steering Committee Meeting

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of Members of the ESOLT project Steering Committee.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of Members of the ESOLT project Steering Committee.2nd June 2016, Sheraton Hotel, Djibouti.

Introduction

The project "Enhancing Somali Livestock Trade" (ESOLT), is a 30-month project that aims to strengthen the access to markets of Somali livestock commodities through enhancing the capacities of Somali public and private sector institutions in key aspects to enhance the competitiveness of Somali livestock.

The overall objective of the project is: To improve the livelihoods and enhance resilience to shocks and disasters of livestock-dependent households in Somalia.

The Specific objective is: To enhance market access of Somali livestock and livestock products.

The ESOLT project has three key result areas, namely:

  • Result 1. Competiveness of Somali livestock in international markets enhanced
  • Result 2. Compliance to market requirements for trade in livestock commodities improved
  • Result 3. Governance of Somali livestock value chains improved
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Communiqué - The First Reinforcing Animal Health Services in Somalia (RAHS) Project Steering Committee Meeting

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of Members of the RAHS project Steering Committee.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of Members of the RAHS project Steering Committee.22nd June 2016, Sheraton Hotel, Djibouti.

Introduction

The project for Reinforcing Animal Health Services in Somalia (RAHS) was designed to build on the achievements and broaden the impacts of previous EU funded animal health interventions recognising the vital role of livestock trade in supporting livelihoods and the inadequacy of public institutions in Somalia. The RAHS project aims to strengthen the policy, regulatory and operational environments for animal health services delivery, enhance public private and community partnerships to enhance access to services as well as strengthen livestock disease surveillance and control systems in Somalia.

The Overall Objective is to improve the livelihoods and resilience to natural disasters and shocks of livestock dependent households in Somalia and the Specific objective is to enhance the quality, access and sustainability of animal health services in Somalia.

The project has three expected results as follows:

  • Result 1: Capacity of Public institutions to deliver and regulate animal health services strengthened
  • Result 2: Public, private and community partnerships in animal health services delivery strengthened
  • Result 3: Surveillance and control systems for trade sensitive diseases strengthened