Friday, Dec 03, 2021

IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) organized the second NEALCO meeting on July 04, 2014 in Naivasha, Kenya. NEALCO is a regional Livestock Stakeholders’ association with a mandate to promote, coordinate, share information and advocate for enhanced livestock and livestock products trade within and outside the region. The main objectives of the meeting were to discuss the promotion of NEALCO and its strategic plan, concretize action plans and enrich the draft concept note aimed at mobilizing resource to strengthen NEACLO

 

The welcoming remarks were made by Dr. Taffese Mesfin, Chairman of NEALCO and Dr. James Wabacha on behalf of AUIBAR Director. The opening remark was made by Dr Ameha Sebsibe on behalf of the Ag. Director, ICPALD. The participants of the meeting were executive committee of NEALCO, AU-IBAR, IGAD/ICPALD, FAO, Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association (ESADA), Kenyan Livestock Marketing Council (KLMC) and COMESA.

The meeting after discussing and addressing the activities in the objectives, made a number of useful recommendations to strengthen NEALCO and enable it to deliver the required services to the livestock stakeholders. Some of the major ones are:  an Advisory committee be established to support the Executive Committee of NEALCO (proposed institutions are RECs (COMESA, EAC and IGAD), FAO, OIE, AU-IBAR, ACTESA and other relevant development partners); that necessary support be provided to establish a functional NEALCO secretariat, to explore the possibility of organizing a consultative meeting with partners and donors to seek for additional support to NEALCO and officially introduce NEALCO to RECs, technical partners, national associations, and relevant national ministries for visibility and support.
IGAD/ICPALD and AUIBAR are grateful to USAID (SMP-AH project) for financing this event.

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