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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

Training in Benin focusses on Codex procedures and systems

From 1 to 2 June 2021, a Technical Capacity Building Workshop for members of the National Codex Alimentarius Committee was held in Bohicon (BENIN). The aim was to train stakeholders on the procedures of the Codex Alimentarius, the online commenting system, participation in electronic working groups. An FAO expert (Luc Ingenbleek) from Italy and a WHO expert (Lusubilo Mwamakamba) from Burkina Faso, who joined online, in collaboration with local experts facilitated the workshop. Participants came from the technical directorates of [...]
11 June 2021

Botswana Ministers show support for World Food Safety Day across media

On World Food Safety Day, the Minister of Health and Wellness of Botswana, Dr Edwin G Dikoloti, was joined by several ministerial dignitaries and representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in a public event where he delivered a keynote address on the importance of food safety for Botswana. Minister of Health and Wellness of Botswana, Dr Edwin G Dikoloti Dr Puna Gasennelwe, a Public Health Specialist hosted the event on [...]
11 June 2021

Public exhibition in Senegal’s capital marks World Food Safety Day

On World Food Safety Day, Senegal’s Minister for Health and Social Action presided over a food safety exposition in the country’s capital, Dakar, on 7 June, and gave a speech about the need to promote food safety “for our health and for our economy.” Events were organized in Dakar and Kaolack to raise awareness among stakeholders on the importance of food safety and the implementation of strategies that ensure safer food, to avoid foodborne illness. Panel discussions were also convened. The [...]
11 June 2021

World Food Safety Day given a high profile in Tanzania

In Tanzania, representatives of government, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) were all active across mainstream and social media on 7 June to promote World Food Safety Day. In a televised press conference, Rose Shija Muhangwa, on behalf of the WHO representative to Tanzania and Bwana Gervas Kaisi, Acting Director of Quality Control at the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) held a joint press conference in which they each highlighted the collective responsibility of keeping food safe. “Citizens have [...]
09 June 2021

Tanzania World Food Safety Day webinar “The Essence of Improving Food Safety”

The National Quality Association of Tanzania (NQAT) has issued an invitation for a series of webinars with the World Food Safety Day theme of “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow.” During the webinars, prominent industry leaders and professionals will share their experiences -including challenges, opportunities and success stories - relating to the domain of food quality. The webinars will offer practical insights on how to improve food safety, with the aim of promoting quality awareness and knowledge in industry, commerce, [...]
09 June 2021

Ensuring food safety across national borders in the African region … for a healthy tomorrow

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are to host a 2-hour webinar for World Food Safety Day, in conjunction with the Codex Alimentarius Secretariat and the Codex Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA). The event is entitled “Acting across national borders in the region for ensuring safe food for a healthier tomorrow.” The 8 June event will concentrate on countries’ need to invest in strengthening national food control [...]
08 June 2021

Kenya join the world in marking World Food Safety Day

On June 7, 2021, Kenya joined the rest of the world in celebrating the 3rd World Food Safety Day. The theme of this year being ‘Safe Food Today, for a Healthy Tomorrow,’ the country organized an online webinar to raise awareness and inspire action on the importance of food safety in the country and the African region at large. The National Planning Committee Coordinated by the Ministry of Health held a 5-hour webinar which included panelists from various stakeholders of food [...]
07 June 2021

Food safety authority in Cabo Verde to hold a live discussion for World Food Safety Day

In Cape Verde, the Independent Regulatory Authority for Health (Entidade Reguladora Independente da Saúde), ERIS, has joined the celebration of World Food Safety Day with an online event under the theme of the year "Safe Food Now for a Healthy Tomorrow. In this context, the Independent Regulatory Authority for Health plans to launch the "Manual of Good Hygiene Practices for Food Establishments".   The opening address will be given by Dr. Eduardo Tavares, Chairman of the Board of ERIS Administration. The first panel will see Raul Garcia [...]
07 June 2021

Morocco faculty to host World Food Safety Day conference

To mark World Food Safety Day, the Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Tanger will hold a physical conference under the theme of “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow.” The 7 June event will consist of three subject areas: “Ionization technology for the development of Moroccan agriculture” from Dr Said Zantar of the Tangier National Institute of Agronomic Research “Food safety: towards anti-microbial and biodegradable packaging” from Professor Mounir Hassani Zerrouk, of the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Larache “Bioresources at the service of the [...]
07 June 2021

Ghana cooking event to promote safe and healthy food

The not-for-profit organization, Work Partnership International Ghana, will celebrate World Food Safety Day this year, by visiting five local markets on 7 June, to create awareness. Organizers will introduce the 5 Keys to Safer Food and information on relevant food safety laws, rules and regulations. Through cookery demonstrations and talks, the aim is to “encourage the market traders, buyers and food handlers to cook healthy and balanced meals for improved health, as well as to learn about safe food handling.” [...]
07 June 2021
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CCAFRICA Coordinator

All information on Codex is public and free.

For regional enquiries contact:

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
Email: [email protected]