The 6th Steering Committee Meeting of the AU-IBAR/VET-GOV Programme, which evaluated the six month performance of VET-GOV, praises the concrete results achieved in terms of the development of livestock policy frameworks and legislations.
Deliberating on VET-GOV’s consolidated progress report and harmonized calendar of events, the Meeting, held in Port Louis, Mauritius on 23rd and 24th July 2015, acknowledged the significant progress made with the formulation of national livestock policy frameworks and legislations in Ghana, Mauritius and Zambia.
The Meeting also appreciates the steps taken by COMESA to formulate a regional livestock policy framework, the content of which was recently reviewed and validated by experts from COMESA’s member states. Furthermore, the Meeting evaluated financial reports and the progress made at ECCAS in the formulation of regional livestock policy frameworks.
Expressing his gratitude to AU-IBAR/VET-GOV Programme for the technical and financial assistances it rendered, Honourable Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, Minister of Agro Industry and Food Security of the Republic of Mauritius, informed the Meeting that the newly validated national policy on National Livestock Development and the new legislation on Veterinary Services will be instrumental to enhance livestock development in Mauritius.
Member States of SADC agreed to harmonise veterinary legislations, which spur a collective actions on the prevention and control of transboundary animal diseases and zoonoses in the Region. In a regional seminar, held in Maseru, Lesotho, from 6th to 10th July 2015, Member States reached consensus to harmonise a veterinary legislation in animal disease control with a focus on PPR.
The regional seminar was organized by AU-IBAR/VET-GOV Programme and OIE to create the platform where SADC Member States can convene and deliberate on regional livestock issues and challenges that require regional remedies. The seminary drew over 35 participants from Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Recognizing the importance of this platform, Hon. Mapalesa Mothokho, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security of the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho underscored the fact that a harmonised veterinary legislation would herald a new era of cooperation in supporting of the Region’s livestock sector. He also noted that this agreement put the livestock sector at the frontline of SADC’s progression towards regional economic cooperation.
Dr Marosi Molomo, Director of Livestock Services from the Ministry of Livestock and Food Security of Lesotho, Drs Letshwenyo and Modisane from OIE, Dr Patrick Otto from FAO, Dr. Gaolathe Thobokwe from SADC secretariat and Dr Bruce Mukanda representing the Director of AU-IBAR have made important remarks during the official opening of the seminar.
On the 8th of July 2015, experts and officials responsible for livestock in the Member States of COMESA convened in Lusaka, Zambia and validated a comprehensive Regional Policy Framework. In doing so, they laid the foundations for a new era of cooperation in support of the Region’s livestock sector and the livelihoods of the 10th of millions of poor small holders, whose life is highly dependent on it.
The newly validated Framework, when ratified, will serve as a guide for all Member States and the Region to facilitate a secured access to basic production inputs, support a coordinated and harmonized control of Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs), enhance intra and inter-Regional livestock and livestock products trade, and bolster livestock production, productivity and competitiveness in the Region to respond to the ever changing market conditions.
At the Regional level, the validation of this Framework securely anchored the livestock sector at the vanguard of COMESA progression towards a Free Trade Area.
AU-IBAR, in collaboration with COMESA, has been facilitating the development and validation process of the Framework over the past two years, through its VET-GOV Programme.
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