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Final Communiqué - 7th Progamme Steering Committee for VET-GOV

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: 7th Progamme Steering Committee for VET-GOV. 13th - 14th April 2016 Libreville, Gabon.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: 7th Progamme Steering Committee for VET-GOV. 13th - 14th April 2016 Libreville, Gabon.The seventh VET-GOV Programme Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting was held at the Boulevard Hotel in Libreville, Gabon, on 13th and 14th April 2016. It was attended by the Steering Committee Members, participants from AU-IBAR, OIE, FAO, PROPAC, EAFF, EISMV, CEBEVIRHA-CEMAC, BRENTEC and RECs (COMESA, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD and SADC) and invited representatives from countries such as Botswana, Kenya and Sao Tome and Principe.

The meeting was officially opened by Honourable Gabriel TCHANGO, State Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Republic of Gabon, following remarks from Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, the Director AU-IBAR representing the Commissioner of DREA, Mrs. Clotilde Niguizama, the ECCAS Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Diego Zurdo, representing the EU; Dr Cyprien Biaou representing the FAO and Dr. Karim Tounkara representing the OIE.

The 7th PSC Meeting deliberated on the following:

  • Matters arising from the previous meeting;
  • Consolidated Progress report and harmonized calendar of events (AU-IBAR, FAO, OIE, RECs);
  • Financial reports by the project partners;
  • Updates on the IGAD studies on contribution of livestock to GDP;
  • Updates on pilot activity on Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) Scientific Network in the SADC;
  • Updates on pilot activity on Advocacy and capacity building to support policy reforms in veterinary services delivery in Sao Tome;
  • Updates on the new EU – funded OIE project, i.e. “Strengthening Veterinary Services in Developing Countries + Rabies” (SVSDC+R) project (2015 – 2018).

Final Communique - Training on Policy Decision Making Tools: Extrapolate & Value Chain Analysis Workshop

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The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) of The Republic of The Gambia and the Economic Community of West African States (E.C.O.W.A.S.) in collaboration with the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), held a five-day training workshop on policy decision making tools: EXTRAPOLATE & Value Chain Analysis at the Baobab Resort Hotel. The AU-IBAR Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (VET-GOV) Programme facilitated the workshop and it was attended by 40 participants representing the livestock sector stakeholders including 26 National Livestock Policy Hub members.

The objective of this training was to strengthen the capacity of the livestock sector public officers, national farmers organizations, value chain stakeholders in policy review and formulation processes; and to engage them in high level livestock policy dialogue with other stakeholders influencing the livestock sector at country level, as well as to develop their skills and capacities for evidence-based advocacy.

Mr. Lamin Saine, the focal person of the National Livestock Policy Hub of the VET-GOV Programme, was The Chairman of the Opening Ceremony.

In his welcoming speech, Dr Duto Sainy Fofana, the Director General of the Department of Livestock Services, emphasized the importance of the training and urged participants to be actively involved in the deliberations. Dr Baboucarr Jaw, the Vet-Gov Program Coordinator, in making remarks on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, expressed gratitude to participants for attending the workshop and informed them of their willingness to support such workshops. In the same vein, Mr Sheriffo Bojang, Permanent Secretary (2) of MoA, thanked AU-IBAR for their support in strengthening veterinary governance and expressed Government’s commitment in improving the livestock sector/industry. He concluded by making an expressed declaration to officially open the Workshop.