Good Governance of Veterinary Services: Workshops/Meetings

Regional Information Seminar for Recently Appointed OIE Delegates (Bangkok, Thailand, 8-9 April 2010)

The Seminar was attended by 15 participants from OIE Members, namely OIE Delegates or their representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Fiji, Iran, RO Korea, Maldives, Malaysia, Federated States of Micronesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam. An observer from Chinese Taipei and four observers from Thailand also attended the Seminar.

The purpose of the Seminar was to provide the national veterinary authorities with existing OIE international standards, as well as functions and activities of the OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific (OIE Asia-Pacific) and the OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South-East Asia (SRR SEA).

Welcome addresses were delivered by Dr Sarah Kahn, Head of the International Trade Department, OIE Headquarters, and Dr Tritsadee Chaosuancharoen, Deputy Director General of the Department of Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand. Dr Itsuo Shimohira, Regional Representative, OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific, also delivered opening address and introduction of the Seminar. Then, tentative agenda was adapted by all participants and all participants introduced themselves.

The OIE missions, Organisation and Function were introduced jointly by Dr I.Shimohira and Dr Ronello Abila, Sub-Regional Representative for South-East Asia. Then Rights and Obligations of OIE Delegates as well as OIE International Standards were explained by Dr S.Kahn. OIE Animal Health Notification was explained by Dr Alexandre Bouchot, Technical Adviser, SRR SEA. After that, Regional Activities/Projects of Regional Representation was explained by Dr I.Shimohira and that of Sub-Regional Representation was introduced by Dr R.Abila. Question was made by a participant who have only a few veterinarians in his country whether OIE can provide human resources directly to the countries. Dr I.Shimohira answered that it is possible to send experts temporary to the country through OIE. At the end of the Day 1, Rights and Obligations of International Trade was explained by Dr S.Kahn.

On Day 2, OIE expertise was explained by Dr Shimohira and the PVS Pathway was explained by Dr J.Stratton, Programme Coordinator of PSVS, SRR SEA. Designation and Responsibilities of OIE National Focal Points was explained by Dr S.Kahn. Clarifications were made about costs and capacity of PVS. Members which experienced PVS evaluation praised PVS highly and showed the expectation of further PVS activities.

At the end of the Seminar, the final session was chaired by Dr I.Shimohira. All participants were requested to mention their opinion one by one. Many useful clarifications/questions for each topic as well as discussions were made. Some Members explained their capacity of Veterinary Services, situation of livestock and experiences of major disease outbreaks such as HPAI and FMD. Main points of the discussion are summarized as follows.

General recommendations/suggestions

It was recommended by participants that Members should request support from OIE when major outbreaks occur, if necessary. Some countries experienced that improvement of Veterinary Services was caused by disease outbreaks, unexpectedly.

It was requested to have FMD control programme such as SEAFMD for South Asia.

Importance of PVS Tool was understood. Participants, who have no experience of PVS evaluation, expressed their interest in PVS and mentioned that they will request PVS in the near future. Legislation mission was also requested.

A participant from Iran mentioned that they would like to host a Workshop for Avian Influenza.

It was suggested that nomination of Focal Points by OIE Delegates should be submitted through Delegate site in order to facilitate information updates of Focal Points by Delegates.

It was requested by participants that the Seminar for Recently Appointed OIE Delegate should be continued.

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