AU-IBAR, under the scope of the consolidation phase of the project Participation of African Nations in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard Setting Organizations (PANSPSO Phase 2), convened the fifth meeting for African National Codex Contact Points from 16th to 18th June 2014 in Nairobi to examine the proposed Codex standards and related texts submitted for adoption during the 37th Session the Codex Alimentarius Commission to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 14th to 18th July 2014.
Of attendance were forty four African Delegates from Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome et Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, South Africa, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. ECCAS, IGAD and SADC were the only regional economic communities represented. Of attendance were CCAFRICA Coordinator and EU.
The NCCPs agreed and adopted common positions that they will articulate during the 37th Session of CAC. The meeting also adopted a number of recommendations related to enhanced participation in Codex work and better organization of national Codex committees.
PANSPSO Consolidation phase is a European Union-funded project (Aid for Trade) that is being implemented in all African Union Member States.