1-2nd September 2020: IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) in collaboration with AU-IBAR with financial support from EU organized a bilateral two days virtual meeting between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Republic of Sudan to finalize and endorse the implementation framework (IF) to operationalize the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and sign the MOU.
The technical meeting held on 1st September 2020 finalized the development of IF that put in place the governance structure from each country to follow up and support the implementation of the signed MoU. Four key strategic objectives, several specific objectives and various activities were identified and agreed to help translate the priority areas or cooperation in the MOU. This was followed by ministerial meeting responsible for livestock on Sept 02, 2020 and the MOU was signed virtually by the two ministers. This achievement will strengthen the two countries’ cooperation and collaboration along their common borders to address animal health issues including harmonized disease surveillance, disease prevention & control, sharing of natural resources, diagnostic infrastructures and timely sharing of animal health and trade information. Participants included Ministers, Veterinary technical staff from national and border state governments, IFAD, FAO, EU Djibouti delegation, AU-IBAR and ICPALD.
Hon. Fikru Regessa, State Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Hon. Adil Farah, Undersecretary and Ag. Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries, the Republic of Sudan opened the meeting. Prof. Ahmed Elsahai, Director of AU-IBAR and Dr. SJM Munyua, Director of ICPALD also made remarks. They all reiterated that signing the MoU on crossborder coordination and cooperation on animal health and sanitary measures will benefit the efforts towards harmonized management of transboundary animal diseases between the two countries which will in turn enhance livestock trade. Moreover, these MOU will facilitate and strengthen the cooperation to curb informal trade that denies the two countries revenue in form of uncollected tax. Furthermore, since the IGAD region is focusing on tapping into the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement that will be launched in January, 2021 and open up the huge African continent market, compliance with sanitary measures is key to penetrating into the market. This can only be achieved through effective coordinated and harmonized prevention of trade sensitive diseases, hence the need for a bilateral MoU that should be implemented for the benefit of the two countries and the region.
The two ministers in the communique agreed to
- Advocate and maintain political will at the highest level of their two countries in support of the Memorandum of Understanding and the Implementation Framework aimed at operationalizing the MOU
- Mobilize required resources from within our respective countries, in collaboration with IGAD, AU-IBAR and other partners from the Donor community to fund various activities in the MoU areas of cooperation and the implementation framework (IF).