The Ghana National Animal Resources Data Management Platform (ARDMP) was officially launched by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) Deputy Minister, Hon. Dr. Hanna Bisiw in Accra, Ghana on 18th August 2016.
The launch was part of a 3 day workshop undertaken to streamline the concept and activities of the national ARDMP. The primary objective of the platform is to improve policy and decision making through improved data collection and management. It’s core activities will be implemented through the support provided by the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) under the “Reinforcing of Veterinary Governance in Africa” (Vet-Gov) project.
During the ceremony, the Hon Minister lamented that Africa spends $4 billion each year on import of livestock and livestock products and highlighted the urgent need to reverse this trend. She further highlighted some of the constraints that have continued to be a hindrance in the development of the livestock sector within the continent. One primary issue stressed is the paucity of good quality data and information to support policy formulation and decision making. The Minister reiterated the importance of improved data management as envisaged under this intervention which aims at bringing together all organizations (public and private) that are involved in various forms of animal resources data collection and management across the country into a single platform in order to streamline their activities and strengthen information sharing.
The Director of AU-IBAR, Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy in his speech read by Dr. Ibrahim Gashash Ahmed (Information System manager/Animal Resources Information System Coordinator) highlighted the importance of data and information for policy and decision making. He pointed out that AU-IBAR is supporting all AU-MSs in the area of data management through the ARIS programme, and further said that the current intervention on establishment of national ARDMP is being piloted in selected 10 Member States. He congratulated Ghana for being the 1st country to formally launch its platform.
The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resource (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) , the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) secretariat, brought together 14 Member States of ECOWAS (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo) to critically reflect on their national veterinary legislation on the control of animal diseases with a view to embark on a process of regional harmonization.
The seminar was officially opened by Dr GBETOGBE Kolfi, representing H.E Hon Colonel Ouro-Koura AGADAZI, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Water Resources, the Government of the Republic of Togo. He welcomed the participants and thanked them for their commitment to a regional approach which is the way forward to increase trade in livestock.
The representative of ECOWAS, Dr Vivian Iwar, On behalf of the ECOWAS Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment, and Water Resources, Hon. Tchambakou Ayassor, welcome all participants to the ECOWAS region. She extended The Commissioner’s personal good wishes for a successful seminar, emphasised his keen interest in the deliberations from the seminar, and welcome the recommendations for implementation by the Commission. She thanked OIE and FAO for their continuing collaboration in resolving livestock issues in the ECOWAS region. She also thanked AU-IBAR for their continental leadership on animal resources issues.
The launching ceremony of the operationalization of the ECCAS Regional Animal Health Centre (ECCAS-RAHC) took place on April 14, 2016 at the Hotel "LA BAIE DES TORTUES", located at the Pangora Park. The facility is a landmark of the Pointe Denis Island, situated 20km off the Libreville coast.
The ceremony was presided over by H.E. Gabriel TCHANGO State Minister, Minister in charge of fisheries and livestock of Gabon, in the presence of H.E. Madame Clotilde NIZIGAMA, the Deputy Secretary General of ECCAS in charge of Program, Budget, Administration and Human Resources.
Representatives of the technical and strategic partners of ECCAS in the development of animal resources were also present. They were among others:
- Professor Ahmed ELSAWALHY, the Director of AU – IBAR,
- Mr. Dan RUGABIRA, Coordinator of the FAO Sub – Regional Bureau for Central Africa,
- Doctor Karim TOUNKARA the Regional Representative of OIE for Africa,
- Professor Toussaint BENGONE N’DONG, the Executive Secretary of CEBEVIRHA,
- Mr. Julius SINGOMA KAGAMBA of GALVmed
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