ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the
African Union (AU) Commission, on Wednesday approved the
deployment of a “historic women-only” AU election observation
mission to Seychelles.
deployment of a women-only short-term election observation
mission is for the parliamentary elections in Seychelles
scheduled for Sept. 8-10, according to a statement from the
Chairperson is pleased to deploy the first ever women-only
observation mission in line with AU’s commemoration of the
“African Year of Human Rights with a Special Focus on the Rights
of Women,” noted the statement.
election observation mission to Seychelles will be led by Fatuma
Ndangiza, former Chairperson of the African Peer Review Panel of
Eminent Persons, said the statement, adding that the mission
will be dispatched from Sept. 1 to 15.
overall objective of the AU mission is to provide an accurate
and impartial reporting and assessment of the quality of the
parliamentary elections in Seychelles.
mission will also offer recommendations for improvement of
future electoral processes in the country based on observer
findings; and ensure that the conduct of genuine elections
contributes to the consolidation of democratic governance, peace
and stability in the country, according to the statement.
Chairperson has reaffirmed the AU’s continued support to the
government and people of Seychelles as they strive to
consolidate democracy, peace and stability in the country, the
deliberates on veterinary vaccine labs in Africa
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
A pan-African meeting on veterinary vaccine
laboratories has deliberated on veterinary vaccine and related
issues as animal diseases in Africa cause annual losses
estimated at 4 billion U.S. dollars, according to an AU
statement on Wednesday.
by the African Union (AU) from 29 to 31 Aug. in Antananarivo,
Madagascar, the Ninth Pan African meeting of directors of
veterinary vaccine laboratories has reviewed reports from AU
member states’ vaccine production laboratories, on the status of
vaccine production on the continent, achievements and
limitations so far.
Peace Tumusiime, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and
Agriculture, stressed the serious constraint of livestock sector
development in Africa due to the burden of other infectious
animal diseases, like Peste des Petits Ruminants, Contagious
Bovine Pleuropneumonia, Rift Valley Fever, African Swine Fever
and many others, which are threatening to dwarf the strides made
and efforts being put into livestock development in Africa.
According to the Commissioner, animal diseases constantly reduce
Africa’s capacity to achieve self-sufficiency in food proteins
to assure livestock owner’s welfare, and continue to pose
significant impediments to national, regional and international
trade in livestock and livestock products.
Africa these diseases alone cause annual losses estimated at 4
billion U.S. dollars. Using quality assured vaccines is one sure
way of controlling these diseases,” she said.
Professor Marie Monique Rasoazananera, Madagascar’s Minister of
High Education and Scientific Research, has noted that the
meeting was an opportunity to strengthen partnership among
countries in protecting Africa’s livestock from new animal
Highlighting the situation of international and regional trade
on the continent, the Minister said, “We must protect our
livestock against the introduction of new animal diseases, with
the economic and social consequences that implies.”
to work together to prevent the spread of certain communicable
disease, such as the foot and mouth disease that is currently
present in some of the neighboring islands of the Indian Ocean,”