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PARTICIPATION OF AU-SAFGRAD TO THE OFFICIAL INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF TSETSE MASS REARING FACILITY IN BOBO DIOULASSO, BURKINA FASO. FEBRUARY 17th, 2017

On February 17th, 2017, Mr. Youssoupha MBENGUE, Senior Communications Officer participated in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, to the official inauguration of the newly constructed Tsetse Mass Rearing Facility.

 AUC/DREA Representative, Mr. Youssoupha MBENGUE, delivering the statement of DREA Director

As Representative of AU SAFGRAD Coordinator, he has delivered a speech in French, on the behalf of DREA Director, Dr Godfrey BAHIIGWA,.

The official inauguration of the Tsetse Mass Rearing Facility, IBD (Insectarium de Bobo Dioulasso in French, the country official language) was indeed a great and solemn ceremony attended by various stakeholders. The participants included :

– International institutions such as African Development Bank (AfDB), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAAE) and African Union Commission (AUC);

– Governmental bodies (Livestock Ministry, Scientific Research Ministry, etc.),

– National Farmers Organizations, Livestock Associations, and

– Crowd public comprised of various local communities.

Not less than of a dozen of ministers took part to the ceremony that originally supposed to be chaired by the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso but finally be represented by an important delegation headed by the Minister of Scientific Research.

The programme of the ceremony could be summarized as follows:

– Welcome address from the Mayor of the City of BoboDioulasso;

– Statement of the three main partner institutions (IAEA, AUC and Government of Burkina Faso);

– Presentation of the coordination team of the infrastructure;

– Official inauguration with the traditional cutting of symbolic ribbon and a guided tour of the newly constructed premises with their very advanced technologies.

All the statements delivered during the event have saluted the relevance of the construction of Tsetse Mass Rearing Facility as well as the fruitful partnership that had led to its realization. The leadership of African Union commission has been recognized. Nevertheless, they have also appealed for an efficient and sustainable management with regard to its priceless role and the important the cost of the investment (more than six billion FCFA).

Statement of DREA Director (delivered in French) ;

Pictures of the ceremony.