Feb. 9-10. 2020, (Mogadishu, Somalia): IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) organized a national stakeholder’s workshop to review, enrich and validate the draft Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) strategy on 9-10th February 2020. The national strategy covers five years; 2020- 2024. The stakeholders are SPS technical experts and private sectors from across the country; these are from the MoLFR, Ministry of Commerce, SOMFRESH, SOMEAT, Jazeera Quarantine and ICPALD participated.
The two-day workshop was opened by Dr. Mouhamoud Oumar, Director General of the Ministry of Livestock, Forestry and Range (MoLFR) and closed by H.E Hussein Mohamud Sheikh Hussein, the Minister of Livestock, Forestry and Range. The minister emphasized on the need to implement the strategy’s contents and guidelines in order to safeguard the huge market demand in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries through enhanced compliance with SPS measures. This will help avoid repeated bans witnessed by the country since 2016 that has led to great decline in live animals export. Finally, the meeting made the following recommendations:
- Ministry of Livestock, Forestry and Range (MoLFR) to lead the domestication of the validated national SPS strategy and promote its utilization by mainstream stakeholders,
- IGAD together with the MoLFR should support the establishment of the national SPS committee to enhance inter-sectoral coordination, advocacy and resource mobilization
IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development expresses its appreciation to USAID for financing this activity.