STSD Implementing Partners Discussed Progress & Challenges in 2014 and Developed Work Plan for 2015 Activities

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The Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Trade in IGAD MS (STSD) organized a Planning Meeting (PM) for the implementing partners of the project from 9th to 11th February, 2015 at Fish Eagle Hotel, Naivasha, Kenya. The PM was attended by National Focal Points (NFPs) of the project and surveillance coordinators in the national veterinary diagnostic laboratories of the Member States (MS) of the IGAD region that include Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. The meeting was also attended by the relevant staff members of AU-IBAR and IGAD Secretariat.

The Objectives

The overall objective of the PM was to develop a harmonized and consolidated work plan for 2015 activities implemented at national and regional levels, while the specific objectives were:

  • To update on the progress of the project activities in 2014;
  • To develop detail work plan for activities implemented at national & regional levels;
  • To work out budget required for implementation of national activities;
  • To prepare a harmonized implementation calendar of national & regional activities;
  • To discuss on challenges of STSD implementation and chart way forward for addressing the challenges experienced in 2014;
  • To discuss and agree on disbursement modalities of funds for national activities and
  • To orient participants on the procurement rules & regulations of the African Union Commission (AUC).

The STSD Project

Implementation of the STSD project was launched in February 2014 for a total duration of 32 months with the objective of reducing the impact of animal diseases on trade of livestock and livestock products.

The project has the following two result areas:

  • Improved Animal Identification and Traceability and Health Certification Systems;
  • Improved Surveillance Systems and Disease Control Strategies.

The STSD project is financed by the European Union (EU) with a total budget of 6 million Euros and is implemented in eight countries of the IGAD region with the support of AU-IBAR and IGAD secretariat.