West African veterinary chiefs agree common positions on standards

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - West Africa’s Chief Veterinary Officers have agreed on harmonised standards for key areas in animal health, to be presented to African delegates at the April 2013 meeting of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to be held first in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, followed in May by the organisation’s General Assembly to be held in Paris, France.

According to an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Friday, the regional position emerged after a workshop in the capital city of Abuja for the veterinary chiefs and animal health experts, held last week.

The meeting also reviewed reports of the scientific and code commissions, as well as the ad hoc working groups of the OIE, with a view to identifying and analysing the rationale, justification and the impact of proposed changes on trade in animal products in West Africa.

In particular, they identified areas of priority and common interest for ECOWAS member states, as well as proposed common positions for the ECOWAS region.

The meeting, which was organised by the ECOWAS Commission, in collaboration with the African Union Inter-Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), among other issues, reviewed the analysis conducted on the reports of the OIE Scientific, Ad hoc and Code Commissions for submission to the OIE Paris meeting.
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05 april 2013 12:54:59

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