A unique stakeholder workshop of over 60 participants gathered in Naivasha, Kenya from 2-6 September, 2019. The stakeholder workshop, which was facilitated by AU-IBAR under the funding of the European Union brought together three groups of technical leaders of the livestock sector to discuss ways of Enhancing Harmonization and Coordination for Implementation of Key Livestock Policies, Legal and Investment Frameworks.
The groups comprised of firstly, the Continental Animal Health Platform in Africa (CAHP-Africa), a platform that brings together private and public actors to provide strategic guidance for the implementation of the Animal Health Strategy for Africa. Secondly, the Guiding Group for the CAHP oversight that was established to lead the process of reproofing the vet profession in Africa by regularly reflecting on the approach and road map. The third group comprises the Directors of Animal Production (DAP) who were invited to establish a DAP Network which is envisioned to champion and energize the implementation of the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa.
The objective of the Stakeholder's Stocktaking meeting is to identify gaps along these selected regional value chains, inventorise the existing efforts and recommend the critical areas of intervention for catalytic effects for a coherent, accelerated and expanded impact.
Mr. Mwangi made a few comments are worth mentioning during the opening ceremony. The need for the Regional Livestock Value Chains to: include the Principle of Inclusivity and target support to women, youth and small scale producers); consider the Theory of change in regional/national concepts; The RECs choices need to be given high preference if our stocktaking will be viable and sustainable; to identify the gaps and improve the regional trade among the African countries as this would offer very good opportunities among the member states; the need for Public Private Partnerships to be well profiled in the concepts.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy noted: ''In support of animal resources development and trade AU-IBAR with financial support of the European Union (EU) is implementing a programme, Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods (Live2Africa) to provide the catalyst needed to ensure that the livestock sector becomes one of the most important contributors to the African common market through the development of regional livestock values chains which will harness regional complementarities and economy of scale. This stocktaking exercise is one of the important first steps in achieving this objective.''
The Stakeholders Stocktaking Exercise has drawn 240 participants drawn from both public and private sectors; 49 AU Member States; Representatives from Regional Economic communities; Representatives from International and regional organisations working on animal resources development; Livestock development experts and; Staff from Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the Africa Union Commission.
In support of animal resources development and trade AU-IBAR with financial support of the European Union (EU) is implementing a programme, Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods (Live2Africa) to provide the catalyst needed to ensure that the livestock sector becomes one of the most important contributors to the African common market through the development of regional livestock values chains which will harness regional complementarities and economy of scale. This stocktaking exercise is one of the important first steps in achieving this objective.
The 10th Pan African meeting of Africa's CVOs and OIE delegates to develop coordinated position on animal health standards was held from 23rd to 26th April 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Obadiah Njagi, Director of Veterinary Services and Chief Veterinary Officer for Kenya, on behalf of the Kenyan Government. There were opening remarks from Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR; Mr. Njuru Mwangi, Representative of the European Union Delegation in Kenya; and Mr. Vipya Harawa, Clerk of Pan African Parliament.
The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Baboucarr Jaw, Chief Animal Health Officer at AU-IBAR and Dr. Michael Modisane, CVO of South Africa and President of the OIE, whose tenure as President of OIE ends after the 86th General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates, having served a three year term. The Pan African CVOs/OIE Delegates meeting is a meeting for African CVOs, Directors of Veterinary Services and OIE Delegates. The meeting was attended by delegates from 41 African countries, and Representatives from SADC, UMA, ECCAS, IGAD, EU, USDA, FAO, and OIE.
The main outcome of the meeting was the adoption of African common positions on draft OIE Chapters scheduled for adoption at the 86th General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates which will be held in Paris, France from 20th to 25th May 2018.
Partnership meetings were also held between African Union Member States, Representatives of the European Union and the United States Department of Agriculture to foster dialogue and information sharing on draft Chapters of OIE with the view to facilitating the adoption of these standards during the 86th OIE General Session.