Saturday 3 December 2011

The 29th Arab Veterinary Conference, 28l30 Nov.2011. Cairo

The 29th Arab Veterinary Conference was held in Cairo, Egypt from 28 to 30 November 2011. It was opened in the presence of the Honorable Minister of Agriculture of Egypt. Attendees included FAO, OIE and WVA Delegates and high level government officials of Countries in the Region as well as global, regional and national organizations and private sector representatives. The conference closed with a unanimous agreement on the following recommendations:

I- The establishment of the Veterinary Regional Bureau for the Middle-East and Africa in collaboration with FAO, OIE, AOAD, GCC and AU-IBAR with the succeeding objectives:

1. Proposing suitable legislations for animals and animal products that  comply with the internationally approved specifications.

2. Strengthening surveillance of transboundary animal diseases and developing an Early Warning System between the countries of the Region.

3. Promoting veterinary health programs for the prevention and control of infectious animal diseases.

4. The development and standardization of the veterinary health systems within the Countries of the Region with special emphasis on reviewing veterinary quarantine requirements and regulations and
upgrading the efficiency of veterinary diagnostic laboratories.

II- The establishment of an accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory.

III- Developing a bank for genetic origins of the domestic animals of the Region and another for pathological strains isolated in the Region.

IV- Improving and consolidating veterinary education in the Countries of the Region and highlighting the applied veterinary research work in order to raise animal production, sustain improvements in animal health and ensure human health security.

V- Encouraging an interest in, and the study of, the history of Egyptian/ Arab veterinary medicine in addition to, organizing conferences and activities tackling this significant topic and disseminating the information on the World Wide Web.

VI- Generating and reviewing protocols of understanding with international organizations that support the Countries of the Region in resolving problems affecting livestock and animal health and advocating for specialized projects that have such mandate.

VII-Requesting regional governments to issue legislation which can take into account the international standards of animal welfare, taking into account our Arab and Islamic history in this area.

VIII- Creating an Arab-African Network for reporting on animal diseases and recognizing disease-free areas located in countries that export livestock to Arab markets in collaboration with the private sector.

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