In collaboration with the AU-IBAR, the Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Liberia and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); the National Consultative Multidisciplinary Stakeholders Workshop on the establishment of a Livestock Policy Hub (LPH) took place in Monrovia, Liberia from the 6th – 10th May 2013. The Workshop was attended by 42 participants representing stakeholders, including senior staff of state and non-state actors (government, civil society organizations, community based organizations, private sector organizations, academia, the National Livestock Policy Focal Point and the AU-IBAR VET-GOV Program team.
The overall objective of the Workshop was to provide a better understanding of the VET-GOV Programme, paving the way to the improvement of the livestock sector through related policies, animal health strategies and veterinary legislations in Liberia.
The Workshop was officially opened by Dr Ahmed Abu Zachar, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Marine. Also attending were Dr Mohammed Abdul Raziq, representative of the Director of African Union -Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) , Dr Abdel Nasser Dehom, Chairman of the Management Committee of the National Center for Animal Health and Chief Veterinary Officer, Engineer Yousef Abu Royce, Director of Animal Production and Dr. Osama Ragab, Regional Coordinator of the VET-GOV Programme for the Union of Maghribian Arab (UMA). In addition 25 participants, representing all stakeholders related to animal resources development in Libya, attended the Workshop.