03/24/16 09:56

Coordination Meeting on TADs control in East Asia

Shanghai, China P.R., 24-25 March 2016

This decade saw previously FMD-free countries in East Asia such as Japan, R.O. Korea and Chinese Taipei, affected by FMD outbreaks. This resulted in economic losses said to be the most damaging in the history of their respective livestock industries. This fact re-emphasised the need for global, regional and sub-regional cooperation for FMD control.

The OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific (OIE-RRAP) launched a project in 2011, called the OIE/JTF Project on FMD Control in Asia funded by the Japanese Government, aiming at increasing information sharing on FMD, developing the Roadmap for FMD Control in East Asia, strengthening the capacity for diagnosis and surveillance for FMD in the region. In the last Coordination Committee meeting of the OIE/JTF Project on FMD control in 2015, Members agreed to continue strengthening their collaboration and coordination towards fighting FMD and expand their activities to cover other priority TADs in Asia.

Collaboration for TADs control in East Asia has been developing in the last decade thanks to bilateral or multilateral collaborative activities. Some of these include the “three parties’ cooperation in animal health between P.R. China, Mongolia and Russia since 2012, and the “Information sharing symposium on FMD in East Asia” organised rotationally by P.R. China, Japan and R.O. Korea since 2011.

Given these developments, the Coordination Meeting on TADs Control in East Asia was held in Shanghai, P.R. China from 24 to 25 March 2016. The objectives of the meeting are: i) to exchange information on current situation of FMD and other priority TADs in East Asia and on current developments within GF-TADs Asia; ii) to review regional and/or national strategies/policies on FMD and other priority TADs control, including revision of the FMD Roadmap for East Asia; iii) to discuss how to improve collaboration and coordination among members, considering the closer alignment with the GF-TADs framework; iv) to propose future activities and work plan under the framework of Regional GF-TADs.

The meeting was attended by a total of 28 participants including representatives from the 4 OIE Members; namely P.R China, Japan, Mongolia and Chinese Taipei, an observer from Honk Kong SAR, representatives from the OIE Regional and Sub-regional Representations and FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific as well as other self-funded observers. 

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