Director General of OIE visited OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific.

Lecture Meeting inviting Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General of OIE, Tokyo, 10 September 2011

In April 2011, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific relocated to the newly constructed Food Science Building on the University of Tokyo's Yayoi campus.

It is most fortunate that Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General of the OIE helped celebrate this occasion with a visit to Tokyo, and gave the keynote speech at a lecture meeting organised by the RRAP entitled, "The Veterinary Profession: Its Growing Roles and Responsibilities" on 10 September 2011. The aim of the lecture meeting was to promote better understanding of our mission in the region and raise awareness of the OIE's activities and vision among experts, Japan-based representatives of International Organisations and OIE regional members, and Japanese government officials and others.

More than a hundred persons from OIE reference laboratories and collaborating centres located in Japan, Japan-based representatives of regional members and the FAO, representatives of the Veterinary Authority of the Republic of Korea and a senior academic from that country, representatives of relevant Ministries of Japan, Dean, professors and students of the University of Tokyo joined the lecture meeting.

The lecture meeting was officially opened by Dr Itsuo Shimohira, Regional Representative for RRAP, followed by welcome addresses by Dr Toshiro Kawashima, Chief Veterinary Officer of Japan, and Professor Hiromichi Nagasawa, Dean, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Science, the University of Tokyo.

Dr Vallat's speech revealed the role of OIE to improve animal health and welfare worldwide. Several speakers from the Region also talked about their experiences in disease control, veterinary education and regional cooperation. The lecture meeting spot-lighted the global eradication of rinderpest from animals and pox from humans, that reflect the successful outcome from the cooperation among agencies to fight infectious diseases. This was a great opportunity to remind the participants the variety of the OIE's work as well as the importance of more communication and cooperation for the better performance of veterinary services in the Region. It was also great opportunity to renew old friendships with former OIE colleagues from both Paris and Tokyo.

The Director General expressed his sincere appreciation to the University of Tokyo, which kindly accepted the presence of the Regional Representation, whose members will play an even more active role in achieving the OIE's objectives in the Region. All participants could share their experiences until the end of cocktail reception.

Programme and Presentations can be found here.

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