FINAL COMMUNIQUE: Livestock Forum for the Establishment of Regional Livestock Policy Hub in COMESA
The VET-GOV programme has supported the establishment and strengthening of National Livestock Policy Hubs (NPLH) in most of the COMESA Member States (MSs). To complement the NLPH and for overall guidance and oversight of implementation of livestock programmes, COMESA is looking forward to the establishment of Regional Livestock Policy Hub (RLPH). The RLPH will be linked to the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), a specialized agency under COMESA in charge of facilitating Commodity trade in Eastern and Southern African Countries
The Livestock Forum for the establishment of the RLPH within the COMESA was held in Port Louis, Mauritius on the 11-12th April, 2017. The overall objective of the meeting was to discuss on improvement of the institutional environment at national and regional levels to provide effective and efficient animal health and extension services in COMESA. The Forum was attended by participants from COMESA Secretariat, AU-IBAR, OIE, FAO, USAID/USDA, Tufts University and RECs
(COMESA, EAC and IGAD). The list also included invited representatives from Comoros, Kenya, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland,Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe in addition to participants from the Regional Farmers Organizations (EAFF, SACAU) (List of participants: Annex 1).
The forum was officially opened by H.E. Mr. Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, the Minister of Agro-Industry, Mauritius following remarks from Dr Mphumuzi Sukati, Senior Policy Officer,Economics, trade and Marketing on behalf of Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, the Director AUIBAR and Mr. Thierry Mutombo Kalonji, Director of Industry and Agriculture, on behalf of COMESA Secretariat.