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IGAD Eexecutive Secretary, Mr. Mahboub Maalim signed an MOU with the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU/IBAR) in Nairobi on 17th December 2009. The MOU provides for the partnership of IGAD and AU/IBAR in the implementation of the Participation of African Nations in the Sanitary and Pytosanitary Standards Setting Organisations (PAN-SPSO) programme.

The programme is funded by the EC (Intra-ACP funds) to a tune of € 3.5 million and comes to an end in November 2010.

AU/IBAR is a specialised technical office of the AU Commission dealing with all aspects of livestock development in Africa.

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