Encouraging regional cooperation to tackle sanitary issues in livestock trade

Transport Facilitation Specialist at the Trade Hub Mr. Kossi Dahoui (middle) reiterated the need to develop an action plan to mutually recognize veterinary certificates among the three countries and called on the various country representatives to share the plan with stakeholders at various levels in their respective countries for implementation. Photo credit: Ms. Jessie Lafourcade, Trade Hub.

The Trade Hub project joined forces with the West African livestock association COFENABVI and the Burkinabe, Malian and Ivorian livestock federations to organize a workshop from April 25-27 on sanitary and zoo-sanitary standards in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Over 30 participants attended the workshop, including federation members, transport representatives from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire, and representatives from USAID, the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), the USAID Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel-Accelerated Growth (REGIS-AG) program, and the International Society of Meat (SICS).

Of particular concern to participants were health and zoo-sanitary issues related to livestock and meat trade to Côte d’Ivoire from Burkina Faso and Mali. Through the discussions, participants concluded that international veterinary certificates are necessary for products to enter Côte d’Ivoire. The veterinary certificates issued by Burkina Faso and Mali would provide health information about the animals to reassure the veterinary services of Côte d’Ivoire on the quality of the products entering the country—a process that would hinge on mutual trust between the veterinary services of Burkina Faso, Mali, and  Côte d’Ivoire.

“Veterinary services lack the means to ensure the safety of animals and humans. They need the support of governments and technical and financial partners to create or consolidate health and market infrastructures in order to improve the quality of the services offered,” said Dr. Seydou Sidibe, Livestock Value Chain Specialist at the Hub.

At the end of the workshop, participants developed an action plan to mutually recognize veterinary certificates between the three countries and give greater attention to the management of health and zoo-sanitary issues in livestock and meat trade. With state and partner support for the action plan, the quality of veterinary services can improve across the region.

The Hub will support national services and national federations to advocate with political decision-makers, which explains the three main activities identified at the end of the workshop; border cooperation between technical services, meetings with Ministers, and the revitalization of SPS National Committees.

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