Meetings OIE/JTF Project on FMD Control in Asia

2nd CC Meeting in Mongolia

2nd Coordination Committee Meeting

The 2nd Coordination Committee (CC) Meeting was convened back-to-back with the 2nd National Contact Person (NCP) Meeting on 7 October 2013 in a unique atmosphere of Hustai National Park, Mongolia. The CC Meeting was participated by delegation from each Member, including P.R. China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, R.O. Korea and Mongolia. Each delegation was comprised of Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), NCP, Chief of FMD National Laboratory and 2-3 FMD researchers. It was the first time that D.P.R. Korea could participate. Dr Francois Caya, Head of OIE Regional Activities Department, Dr Gideon Brückner, President of OIE Scientific Committee, Dr Victor Nikiforov, OIE FMD Reference Laboratory in Russia, as well as representatives from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SADC) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) also participated. Dr Baatar Toggonyam, Chief Veterinary Officer of Mongolia, delivered an opening speech and led the laboratory visit.

The objectives of the CC Meeting were to consider the proposed draft of FMD Roadmap for East Asia, to exchange information on National FMD strategies and implementation, to acknowledge and discuss progress reports of OIE/JTF project on FMD Control in Asia, to discuss newly proposed activities and to coordinate project activities with other partners.

The CC Meeting started with a visit to State Center of Veterinary Laboratory (SCVL), national reference laboratory for veterinary diagnosis of Mongolia in order to create an opportunity for the participants to better understand diagnosis and network system of each other.

During the Meeting, the CC acknowledged the report of NCP group and adopted the draft Roadmap for FMD Control in East Asia. The Meeting recommended that National FMD Strategic and Control Plan be developed in each Member, with possible assistance from OIE/JTF Project on FMD Control in order to meet the working time table for official applications for OIE endorsement. It supported the proposals from Laos and Myanmar on FMD vaccination campaign and post vaccination study with close collaboration and seamless coordination with OIE SEACFMD Campaign. The CC Meeting also recommended that post outbreak surveillance near the eastern border of Mongolia was particularly interesting and should be supported by the Project, taking into account the coordination and collaboration with Russia, P.R. China, FAO and SADC. Lastly, the Meeting encouraged more studies on direct and indirect costs associated to FMD being conducted in order for Veterinary Services have the relevant information to advocate the need to invest in sustainable FMD control.

The 2nd CC Meetings under OIE/JTF Project for FMD Control in Asia were complete successfully and achieved the original objectives.