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.
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.
A workshop to Validate livestock development policy and veterinary legislation took place from 27-28 March 2017 at Karthala Hotel in Moroni, Comoros.
The overall objective was to improve Livestock Development in Comoros Union through comprehensive policy that can be used to lead the livestock development by involving value chain actors and other stakeholder including partner organizations taking into account the available resources and potential as well as the constraints that limit the development of livestock sector. In addition, the draft Veterinary Legislation has been validated to improve the framework of veterinary legislation in the country.
The specific objectives were the following:
- To validate the proposed livestock development policy and to equip the country with a the national veterinary legislation; and to lead the stakeholders on the issues to be included in the Livestock Policy and the veterinary legislation.
- To develop a way forward to finalize and submit the documents to the Government of Comoros.
The workshop brought together the national livestock policy hub members and other stakeholders to amend and agree on the issues to be taken into account in the Livestock Policy and the national veterinary legislation. A total of 35 participants attended the workshop.
Within the framework of the VET-GOV programme AU-IBAR supported Madagascar to develop a national Livestock Policy informed by the results of a Value chain analysis to improve competitiveness of Malagasy products of animal origin to international market.A validation workshop of the livestock policy and the results of the value chain study took place from 22-23 March 2017 at Panorama Hotel in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
The overall objective of the 2-day workshop was to validate the developed Livestock Policy including the results of Livestock Value chain study. The specific objectives were the following:
- To validate and adopt the developed livestock policy of the country
- To present the results of the value chain analysis and the main recommendations
- To discuss on the way forward to finalize and to submit the documents.to the government for endorsement.
The workshop brought together the national livestock policy hub members and other stakeholders to discuss and agree on the issues to be included in the Livestock Policy, and the results of the study on livestock value chain including the recommendations. A total of 40 participants attended the workshop.
- Kingdom of Swaziland and AU-IBAR develop a Communication and Advocacy Strategy for Improved Delivery of Veterinary and Livestock Services and Review the Livestock Policy and Veterinary Legislation
- Kingdom of Lesotho Repeals PROCLAMATION 10 of 1896 (Stock Diseases) and develops a National Livestock Policy
- Final Communique - Regional Livestock Policy Hub Inauguration Workshop
- Communiqué - Regional Seminar for ECOWAS Member States on Regional Harmonization of Legislation in the Veterinary Domain