Monday, 19 May 2014

Recommendations Of The 30th Arab Veterinary Conference (12th -14th May, 2014)

First:     A request to be put to the Arab League that a Regional Organization for Animal Health and Animal Production that includes the countries of the Middle East, North Africa and the Nile Basin and is under the umbrella of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) in coordination with the (FAO / OIE). This is in recognition of the important role that the animal production sector has in increasing the economy of the Middle East, North Africa and the Nile Basin countries by meeting the animal protein per capita requirement in those countries and, at the same time, reducing the necessity of importing animal products while raising the possibility of exporting animal products thereby assisting the growth of the national economy of those countries and increasing per capita income.
The principal goal in creating a Regional Organization to promote the trade of disease-free livestock and safe animal products is to secure food security for the people of the region.
A main technical activity of the Organization is the creation of a network to monitor and control animal diseases and improve the capacity to diagnose diseases, improve animal quarantine facilities, up to date veterinary regulations in addition to the establishment of regional laboratories. An epidemiological map will also be prepared, and maintained, for the entire region and a small epidemiological information center, similar to that of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), will be established in order to provide the region with regular bulletins of epidemiological information, oversee the production of sera and veterinary vaccines and the implementation of regulations relating to the movement of animals across international borders.

Second:         The conference attendees unanimously agreed that veterinary governance is a vital requirement that must be met in order to regulate the role of veterinary services and work thereby raising their efficiency and increasing coordination between the countries of the region in order to eradicate expatriate epidemic diseases. As a means of achieving this the attendees propose the following:
1. Identify points of weaknesses in infrastructure which affect the ability of individual governments and need to be strengthened to gain institutional improvement.
2. The need to provide support for these activities to be achieved and maintained is essential and the Policy Committee must do what is necessary to support it. There must be a sincere effort to focus on the required support programs located in the AU / IBAR.
3. The Arab countries are requested to cooperate and provide information as to the number of veterinarians each country has and provide a census of the animal wealth they already have.
4. Emphasis should be placed on the harmonization between veterinary training programs in different countries in order to unify them.
5. The need to develop Institutes for Veterinary Assistants.
6. The need to exchange experiences through workshops and mutual visits.

Third:    Call on states to follow the program that was prepared by the FAO / OIE (PCP) to control foot and mouth disease  and utilize the technical support that these organizations offer to countries in the Middle East to control the disease in addition to the support provided by the (EUFMD) and the African Union represented in the AU / IBAR. The establishment of a FMD vaccine bank, with the capability to supply vaccines against the viral strains in disease outbreaks in any country, is requested.

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