IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) conducted a Validation workshop on key cross- border livestock routes, markets and priority animal diseases for Regional and International on June 20-21, 2013 in Juba, South Sudan.

The main objective of the workshop was to validate the findings of the study on cross border livestock trade with the member states and to enrich the draft regional proposal prepared based on the findings of the cross border study.

The workshop was officiated by H.E.Martin Elia Lomoro the Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries, South Sudan and the Head of IGAD Juba office Amb Mohamed Abdoul. The welcomingspeech was also read by Dr Ameha Sebsibe on behalf of ICPALD, s coordinator Dr. Solomon Munyua.There were a total of 25 participants drawn from all member states.

The workshop participants were senior officials from Ministries Livestock, Trade and Industries working in Animal Health and Livestock trade, Technical Institutions such as AU-IBAR and FAO, Chief Veterinary Officers, Chief Veterinary Officers and the private sector of member states. The workshop was financed by EUROPEAN UNION (EU).

The study recommended:
a)    Improved access to animal health, market facilities and services in cross borders.
b)    Strengthen market information system in cross border areas of the region.
c)    Business Training Skills for the livestock value chain actors and assist on market linkages,
d)    Undertake awareness creation and sensitization on sanitary measures to safeguard      animal and human health as per OIE/WTO guidelines.
e)    Reduce the bureaucratic obstacles in the formal trade
f)    Advocacy and support for more investment in development and improvement of infrastructure for cross-border trade
g)    Develop an appropriate communication strategy to address different issues to different audience in cross border areas of the region

Finally the workshop agreed that the cross border joint proposal based on the findings to focus on key areas on:
a)    Improving market infrastructure and services.
b)    Improving import and export quality assurance and traceability systems.
c)    To reduce and minimize the occurrence and threat of priority TADs and zoonosis.
d)    Improving the macro-environment (cross border relevant policy issues)

The full report on cross-border livestock trade will be posted within 21 days of this post