IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) conducted the First meeting of North East Africa Livestock Council, (NEALCO) on August 29-30, 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. NEALCO is a regional traders’ association with a mandate to promote, coordinate, share information and advocate for enhanced livestock and livestock products trade within and outside the region.  NEALCO as a private sector institution is also believed to be an engine to spearhead all livestock and meat trade from the region

 

The main objectives of the regional meeting were to discuss and agree on the major objectives and core functions of the NEALCO, planning process of the strategic plan, main components of the strategic plan and  to assist NEALCO to develop a workable road map for the remaining 2013.

The workshop was officiated by Dr. Nicholas Kauta, Director Animal Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Uganda. The welcoming speeches were made by ICPALD Coordinator Dr. Solomon Munyua and Mr. Tamrat Ejigu, Chairman of the Interim Committee. The workshop participants were from NEALCO interim committee, national livestock trader associations, Chamber of Commerce, senior officials from member states’ Ministries of Livestock, AU-IBAR, ICPALD, IGAD Secretariat, East and South Africa Dairy Association (ESADA) and the consultant

The meeting recommended that the interim committee undertakes registration of NEALCO, development of the NEALCO strategic plan be participatory and need to make wider consultations, undertake Stakeholder validation workshop for the NEALCO strategic plan, the office of the NEALCO to be in Nairobi and the physical address of the office to be decided in consultation with IGAD and AU-IBAR and  IGAD /ICPALD in collaboration with AU-IABR shall approach the RCEs ( EAC, COMESA and SADC ) to enable them collaborate in empowering NEALCO to deliver its mandate as NEALCO has founding members countries  which are members of these RECs.

ICPALD is grateful to USAID (SMP-AH project) for financing this regional meeting