Below is the concept note for the workshop as developed on 25 July 2010
A. Proposed dates: 13-17 March 2011
B. Overarching goal: Stabilization of livestock trade between Horn of Africa exporting nations and Middle East importing nations.
C. Workshop objectives: At the end of the workshop, the following will be in process as developed by the participants
- Substantive progress toward formulation of an agreement on Rift Valley fever (RVF) response strategies, including familiarity with and ability to use the RVF Decision Support Tool
- Enhanced communication between importing and exporting Chief Veterinary Officers on trade and transboundary animal disease (TAD) control
- Consideration of regional framework for trade related TAD control strategies
D. Orientation: The workshop will be oriented toward trade, with directly concerned parties foremost. It will be based in action – what can be done about RVF.
E. Proposed implementing partners:
- African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)
- Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)/Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA)
- International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
- Chief Veterinary Officers of exporting/importing nations (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan) and importing nations (Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen)
- Private enterprise: key livestock traders, pastoralist producers, quarantine station operators, Chambers of Commerce
- Related organizations: Arab League, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (FAO/ECTAD), Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO).