The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resource (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture in the Kingdom of Swaziland brought together the Working groups responsible for the development and drafting of the Communication & Advocacy Strategy, Veterinary/Livestock Legislation review and Livestock Policy formulation in Swaziland.
The official commissioning of Working Groups was conducted by the representative of the Director and Head of Mission of the AU-IBAR together with the Programme on Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (Vet-Gov) Regional Coordinator (SADC) at Ezulwini on the 23rd September, 2016.
National Action Plans (NAPs) in the Kingdom of Swaziland which had been identified earlier by the National Livestock Policy Hub (NLPH) were to ;
- Develop a Communication and Advocacy Strategy for Improved Delivery of Veterinary & Livestock Services in Swaziland
- Review and Update the Livestock Policy & Veterinary/Livestock Legislation
Over a two day period (12th - 13th December, 2016) a Validation Workshop was held at the Bethel Court Hotel to review the developed Livestock Policy, Communication & Advocacy Strategy and Reviewed Legislation draft documents. These draft documents will be subjected further to a wider audience for validation after the festive season before being submitted to Cabinet.
The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resource (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in the Kingdom of Lesotho brought together the Working Group reviewers who were responsible for drafting of the Lesotho Animal Health, Production and Welfare Bill and the formulation of a National Livestock Policy for Lesotho.
AU-IBAR together with the Programme on Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (Vet-Gov) Regional Coordinator facilitated the implementation of the Kingdom of Lesotho National Action Plans (NAPs) which included among others were: to Review and update Veterinary & Livestock Legislation and to Formulate/review and update Veterinary & Livestock Policy of Lesotho.
The Working group has drafted a new Bill for Lesotho Animal Health, Production and Welfare which is an Act to provide for the protection and promotion of health of animals, to make provision for the control of animal diseases and provision of veterinary services, to provide for the animal production and welfare of animals and for connected matters.
This new Bill has been put in place as a result of Repealing the following pieces of legislation: Proclamation 10 of 1896 (Stock Diseases), Proclamation 57 of 1952 (Importation and Exportation of Livestock and Livestock Products, Importation and Exportation of Livestock and Livestock Products Proclamation (Amendment) Act 1984 (Act. No. 21 of 1984) and the Stock Diseases Proclamation (Amendment) Act 1984 (Act No. 18 of 1984).
The African Union, Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Ministry of Agriculture of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia and within the framework of the Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa Program (VET-GOV) organized a Regional Livestock Policy Hub (RLPH) inauguration workshop held from 24-25 October 2016 at Ocean Bay Hotel in Banjul, the Gambia
Twente one (21) participants attended the workshop including the Director of Veterinary Services and the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia. The National Livestock Policy Hub Focal Points (NLPHFP) of the following Member States: Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea and Togo were present. Also present, were representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Confederation of the National Federations of Beef Value Chain of West Africa (COFENABVI-AO), the Women Association of West Africa (AFAO-WAWA), the Savannah and Sahelian Livestock Promotion Association (APESS), the West African Association of Poultry Value Chain (UOFA-AO), the International Livestock Research-Development Centre in sub-humid zone (CIRDES), the West Africa Livestock Innovation Centre/International Trypanotolerance Centre (WALIC/ITC), the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) and the Bilittal Maroobè Network (RBM).
The objectives of the workshop were as follows:
- Officially launch the RLPH,
- Critically reflect on responsibilities and contributions of the RLPH in the development of the livestock sector including an action plan ,
- Identify role and steps to formalize the RLPH as a tool of ECOWAS,
Results of the Workshop
The Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia who declared the workshop open. Welcome remarks were presented by the representative of the ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment, and Water Resources, the Director of the Veterinary Services of the Gambia as well as representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the African Union- Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and then the opening speech of the representative of the Ministry.
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.