29th September - 3rd October, 2014, Lake Naivasha Country Club, Kenya.
The training workshop on livestock policy decisions making tools was carried out at the Lake Naivasha country Club, Naivasha, Kenya from 29th September 2014 to 3rd October, 2014. The five-days training workshop, organized by AU-IBAR in collaboration with FAO, was attended by more than 70 public and private sector stakeholders drawn from African Members States namely Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. In attendance too were staff from AU-IBAR, FAO-ECTAD Eastern Africa, FAO-RAF office in Ghana, FAO-Rome, the OIE, COMESA, IGAD.
Participants were welcome first by Dr Baba Soumare, Chief Animal Health, AU-IBAR. Then Dr Bouna Diop, Manager FAO-ECTAD Eastern Africa and Dr. Walter Masiga OIE Representative for Eastern Africa provided welcoming remarks on behalf of their respective organization, both thanked the Member States for taking part in this workshop. They further elaborated on their institutions' respective roles in the implementation of the VET-GOV programme and reiterated their commitment to foster partnership.
The VET-GOV Programme launched Livestock Policy Hubs (LPH) in Somalia in two ceremonies held in Garowe, Puntland State of Somalia 19-20 June, 2014 and Hargeisa, in Somaliland 23-24 June, 2014. The ceremonies in Garowe and Hargeisa were held back to back with the launching of the Reinforcing Animal Health Services (RAHS) Project in Somalia followed by Animal Resources Information Systems (ARIS) training supported by the Surveillance for Trade Sensitive Diseases (STSD) Project of AU-IBAR.
The Garowe meeting was opened by H.E. Abdihakim Abdulahi Haji Omar Camy, Vice President and Acting President of the Puntland State of Somalia. In attendance were Hon. Prof. Salim Alio Ibro, Minister for Livestock Forestry and Range (MLFR) of the Federal Republic of Somalia; Hon. Abdullahi Duuale, Minister for Livestock and Animal Husbandry (MOLAH) of Puntland State of Somalia; Ms Daria Fane, Head of Cooperation EU Somalia Delegation; Dr. Henry Wamwayi, representing the Director AU-IBAR and Mr. Ibrahim Hared Director General MOLAH. In attendance also were Hon. Abdi Ismail Boss, Minister of Agriculture Puntland State of Somalia; Hon. Dr. Mohamed Gaeshaan, former State Minister for Good Governance in the Puntland State of Somalia; Hon. Guleed, Minister of Environment in the Puntland State of Somalia; Mr. Damiano Lotteria, the Regional representative of COOPI; and Dr. Paul Rwambo, representing the Regional Director of Terra Nuova in Eastern Africa.
Presiding over the opening ceremony on the launching of the Burundi national livestock policy hub which took place from 21st to 23rd May 2014 at King's Hotel, Bujumbura, the permanent secretary ministry of agriculture and livestock, Mr JOSEPH NDUWIMANA expressed gratitude to the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources of the African Union (AU-IBAR) for its continued support. He reiterated that the government of Burundi is cognizant of the pivotal role of livestock in national socio-economic development and will therefore spare no effort in building strategic partnerships for the development of the sector. He reminded participants of 2 major events that took place in 2013, the national livestock stakeholders workshop facilitated by VET-GOV and the colloquium on the development of the sector. He urged participants to critically reflect on the recommendations of those 2 important national events with a view to coming up with a well thought action plan which will be the basis of the VET-GOV engagement.
The objectives of the workshop were:
- to bring together policy hub members nominated by their institutions following a request by the minister of agriculture and livestock
- to critically review the action plan proposed by the national stakeholders workshop and develop roadmaps for implementing the priorities
- to draft concept notes and request to be submitted to AU-IBAR and partners for technical and financial support.
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