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The CCAFRICA Region - Regional Coordinator Uganda

The ‘Coordinating Committee for Africa’ was established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 1972 with a mandate to “exercise general coordination in the preparation of standards relating to the region of Africa”. The committee held its first meeting at FAO in 1974, with 19 countries in attendance.

As the new regional coordinator begins their term, the Agreement of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which came into effect in May 2020, has reinforced the need for an efficient and effective system for managing sanitary and phytosanitary measures, in particular food safety, across the continent as its borders open for trade.

The regional coordinator is based in the Uganda National Bureau of Standards, a statutory body under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives which oversees, as part of its mandate, the promotion and use of standards.

As regional coordinator, Uganda intends to engage closely with countries via surveys, webinars and workshops to identify needs and emerging issues, create awareness of priority food safety issues and of Codex standards. A pilot study will also explore the food safety situation in broader terms across the region. By strengthening engagement with regional bodies such as the African Union, the African Organisation for Standardisation and the African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat, Uganda also aims to enhance advocacy work in the region.


News from the region

National Codex Committee of Cabo Verde analyses progress

The National Codex Committee (CNCA) in Cabo Verde has been active in recent weeks, planning the year’s activities and unveiling the CNCA website. On 8 March, the 16th ordinary meeting of the CNCA was held, with the aim of analyzing the CNCA Activity Plan for 2024, focusing on the process of activating the national Codex subcommittees. At the meeting information was presented on the Cabo Verde Codex Trust Fund Project activities to be carried out in 2024, as well as on updates [...]
16 April 2024

“Africa has come together” - ready to partner with the rest of the world to prioritize global food safety

Over the last few years, food safety has been prioritized across the African continent, as evidenced by, for example, its new African Union (AU) Food Safety Strategy 2022-2036, which was launched on World Food Safety Day 2022, and now Kenya’s leadership in the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) on new guidelines for food hygiene control measures in traditional markets for food. According to the African Union’s Food Safety Officer, John Oppong-Otoo, 70 percent of urban households in Africa rely [...]
26 March 2024

Validation workshop for study on the use of Codex standards in Benin

On 6 February 2024, a validation workshop on a study on the use of Codex Alimentarius standards in Benin took place in Cotonou, Benin. This workshop brought together members of the National Codex Alimentarius Committee, actors from the private and public sectors that use these standards, and consumer associations. The general objective of this study is to know the level of use of international Codex standards. Specifically, the aim was to identify the uses made of international Codex standards in [...]
07 February 2024

Codex Trust Fund / East African Community meeting highlights the value of Codex texts

By Ms. Sylvia KIRABO, Head of Public Relations and Marketing, Uganda National Bureau of Standards As part of the Codex Trust Fund (CTF) Group project currently being implemented in five Countries of the East African Community (EAC), a regional validation meeting was held in Mombasa, Kenya, from 15th to 17th of November 2023. The meeting, with participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan and Uganda, focused on the use and implementation of the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction [...]
20 December 2023

Rwanda workshop raises awareness on full stakeholder engagement in Codex

by Ms Rosine Niyonshuti, Secretary, National Codex Committee, Rwanda On December 7th, 2023 the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB), held a workshop to increase the country’s participation in the development and dissemination of information on international food standards of Codex. Through the presentation on the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), panel discussions and updates on Codex work, the workshop aimed to raise awareness of government officials, industry, academia and consumers on the functioning of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and of the National Codex Committee. The workshop provided [...]
11 December 2023

Ethiopia’s national Codex visit: a journey of improvement

Embarking on a transformative quest, delegates from the Ethiopian National Codex Committee made a pivotal trip across Europe via France, Brussels and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, arranged by the European Union (EU) Codex Contact Point. This trip was an opening to enhance Ethiopia's involvement in Codex activities at national, regional and global levels. The delegates gained an immense insight during their seven-day tour, taking inspiration from France’s and the Netherlands’ roles hosting the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) and [...]
06 December 2023

National experts contribute effectively to Codex Alimentarius activities at national, regional and global levels

By KEMBOU Etienne, Nutrition & Food Safety Focal Point in the Multi-Country Support Team (MCAT) Burkina Faso; Mr Dominique Ouedraogo, Codex Contact Point, Burkina Faso From 21–23 November 2023, 33 national experts in Burkina Faso underwent capacity building and training on the generation of quality data usable by the Codex Alimentarius. Specifically, the experts were trained on five themes: procedures for developing Codex standards; basic principles and procedures for food safety risk assessment; the role of scientific expert bodies (FAO/WHO JECFA, [...]
26 November 2023

African region is working towards greater food safety awareness and improved participation in Codex

This year's edition of the CODEX magazine, titled "60 years of standards", is out now! Read some of our articles online and click on the link below to download the full publication. This article by Haklim Mufumbiro (Uganda), Regional Coordinator for CCAFRICAThe year 2023 marked the return to normalcy for mostactivities, following two years of uncertainty due to COVID-19 and several virtual engagements in all shapes and sizes. Most of the countries in the region continued, with impressive awareness events during [...]
26 November 2023

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Codex in the African Region with a regional training event

By Ms Lusubilo Witson MWAMAKAMBA, Regional Food Safety Focal Point, WHO Regional Office for Africa and Hakim B. MUFUMBIRO, Regional Coordinator CCAFRICA As part of commemorations of the 60th anniversary of Codex in the African region, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in collaboration with the FAO/WHO Codex Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) conducted a two-and-a-half-day regional training workshop on enhancing participation in the work of Codex and preparation of robust applications for submission to the Codex Trust [...]
21 November 2023

National Codex Committee in Malawi trained on data generation

The Malawi National Codex Committee (NCC)  attended a three-day training session 15 to 17 November 2023 as part of the country’s Codex Trust Fund project. The training, which was about data generation for Codex Alimentarius, informed the Malawi NCC of the basic principles of toxicology, risk profile, exposure and consumption data and gave an overview of the FAO/WHO committees and the general Codex framework of risk analysis and risk assessment. Speaking at the opening function of the training, the Director-General of the [...]
21 November 2023
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CCAFRICA Coordinator

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CCAFRICA Secretariat

Uganda National Bureau of Standards

Plot 2 - 12, Bypass Link, Industrial & Business park, Kyaliwajala road,
P.O Box 6329 Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 (041) 7333250 / 0417333251 / 0417333252
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