Featured publication: OIE paper on ensuring safe international trade

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Dr Gideon Brückner of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has published a paper in the April 2011 issue of Scientific and Technical Review which features the spread of pathogens through international trade.

Below is the abstract of the paper titled, Ensuring safe international trade: how are the roles and responsibilities evolving and what will the situation be in ten years’ time?

The roles of the international standard-setting bodies that are mandated to facilitate safe trade, such as the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the International Plant Protection Convention and the World Trade Organization, are well documented, as are the roles of the international organisations responsible for global health issues: the OIE, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. However, developments in international trade, such as accelerating globalisation and the frequent emergence and re-emergence of diseases affecting both humans and animals, have brought new challenges and the need to reconsider the future roles of such organisations. New participants and new demands have also emerged to challenge these mandates, leading to potential areas of conflict. The need for countries to establish themselves as new trade partners, or to strengthen their positions while still maintaining safe trade, poses a challenge to standard-setting organisations, which must meet these demands while still remaining sensitive to the needs of developing countries. In this paper, the author describes and discusses some of these challenges and suggests how international organisations could evolve to confront such issues.

Download the PDF paper from the OIE website

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Workshop on enhancing safe inter-regional livestock trade gets underway in Dubai

Jeffrey Mariner presenting at EST Workshop

Dr Jeffrey Mariner of ILRI gives an overview of the Rift Valley fever decision support tool at the 'Enhancing safe inter-regional livestock trade' workshop. The tool is a risk-based framework to guide decision-making during prevention and control of Rift Valley fever in the Greater Horn of Africa.

Chief veterinary officers, exporters and importers of livestock, quarantine operators and livestock traders from countries in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East are meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates this week (13-16 June 2011) for a workshop on enhancing safe inter-regional livestock trade.

In line with the overall goal of enhancing safety and stability in livestock trade between exporting countries in the Horn of Africa and importing countries in the Middle East, the meeting will:

  • outline the use of a decision support tool for the prevention and control of Rift Valley fever;
  • assemble approaches towards harmonized control of other trade-related transboundary animal diseases
  • define a way forward towards appropriate control of animal diseases
  • discuss animal welfare issues along the export-import livestock value chain; and
  • define mechanisms for better communication among partners along the value chain

Below are some related links to media coverage of this workshop:

Officials from Middle East and East Africa meet to tackle Rift Valley fever (New Agriculturist)

Amid soaring meat costs, officials from East Africa and Middle East seek plan to keep animal diseases from disrupting livestock trade (ILRI News blog)

Provisional agenda for workshop on enhancing safe inter-regional livestock trade now available

We are pleased to present the provisional agenda for the workshop, Enhancing safe inter-regional livestock trade: Risk-based approaches to livestock certification and harmonized control of trade-related transboundary animal diseases.

Scheduled for 13-16 June 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the workshop will bring together chief veterinary officers from livestock exporting countries in the Greater Horn of Africa and importing countries in the Middle East; veterinary quarantine operators; livestock traders; representatives from chambers of commerce; and business and investment council members, among other key sector stakeholders.

The workshop is convened by the African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) which is the lead implementing agency, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Download the provisional agenda here.

[Edit update 10 June 2011: Please visit the agenda page to download the most recent version of the workshop agenda in English and Arabic]

Workshops on Rift Valley fever and livestock certification rescheduled

The combined ILRI Rift Valley fever and AU-IBAR livestock certification workshop has been rescheduled and will be held on 13-16 June 2011 in Dubai, UAE.

The meeting is re-named ‘Enhancing safe inter-regional livestock trade: Risk-based approaches to livestock certification and harmonized control of trade-related transboundary animal diseases‘.

The agenda of the workshop is still being finalized and will be uploaded to this site as soon as it is received.

Workshop further postponed to June 2011

Due to events beyond our control, the workshop is now further postponed until early/mid June 2011 and the venue changed to an as yet to be identified location in East Africa.

Further updates will be posted on this blog as arrangements for the workshop continue to  be worked out.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused as a result of these changes.