February 2013 The Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Africa in Lomé pays tribute to women in veterinary services

Traditional chieftains were present at the opening session

 

Lomé, 22 February 2013. The 20th Conference of the Regional Commission for Africa of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) was held in Lomé (Togo) from 18 to 22 February 2013. The Conference was chaired by Colonel Ouro Kura Agadazi, the Togolese Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAEP), along with Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General, Dr. Karin Schwabenbauer, President of the OIE, Dr. Yacouba Samaké, OIE Regional Representative for Africa, Dr. Marosi Molomo, OIE Delegate of the Kingdom of Lesotho and President of the OIE Regional Commission for Africa and Dr. Batassé Komla (Daniel) Batawui, the OIE Delegate of Togo.

For reasons of conflicting dates, the OIE Director-General was represented by Dr Monqiue Eloit, OIE Deputy Director General during the first day of the Conference

The inaugural meeting was held in the Conference Hall of the ECOBANK building under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Togo, H.E. Faure E. Gnassingbe. The President unfortunately could not make it and was represented by the Togolese Minister of Health, Prof. Dr. Charles Kondi Agba, himself a veterinarian and former lecturer of the EISMV in Dakar (Senegal).

Dr. Karin Schwabenbauer, President of the OIE Council and of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates, elected in May 2012, focused on the four priorities of her tenure, namely the modernisation of the Organisation, transparency in information and procedures, solidarity between the OIE regions and the promotion of the participation of women in the Organisation. As the first-ever woman - President of the OIE, she hosted a reception for the women-Delegates and experts present at the Conference.

Dr Monique Eloit, Deputy Director-General of the OIE delivered a speech in which she clarified - amongst other things - that the past sanitary emergencies have demonstrated that it is impossible to control diseases worldwide without solid alliances between international organisations such as the OIE and the UN, represented by the FAO, but also WHO, a key partner in view of bridging animal health, veterinary public health and human health.

The 26 African countries represented at the Conference were Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria,, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Moreover, numerous international and regional organisations and many observers participated in the Conference which was held at the Mercure - Sarakawa Hotel.

Detail of the group photography with the guests of honor.

After the election of the bureau of the Conference and adoption of the agenda, a string of technical presentations were delievered. One will remember the presentation by Dr. Monique Elioit on the medium and long term vision of the Organisation, followed by the presentation by Dr. Yacouba Samaké on the mandate of the OIE in Africa and the presentation by Dr. Patrick Bastiaensen, on behalf of the Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission (the Code Commission) on the major changes to the Terrestrial Code since the last Regional Conference of 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda. Also very interesting was the analysis of the animal health situation in Africa by Dr Karim Ben Jebara, Head of the OIE Animal Health Information Department (WAHIS) and on the situation of PPR, presented by Dr. Jemi Domenech, officer in charge of the PPR portfolio within the OIE Scientific and Technical Department in Paris.

The Regional Representation and Sub-Regional Representations of the OIE in Africa presented their progress reports, as well as their plans for the next two years, i.e. Bamako (Mali), Gaborone (Botswana), Tunis (Tunisia) and Nairobi (Kenya).

Shortly after his arrival in Lomé, on Wednesday, the Director-General of the OIE, Dr Bernard Vallat made a presentation on the OIE programme with respect to veterinary education.

Finally, two particularly important technical topics were presented during the Conference on the basis of which recommendations have been adopted:

The promotion of inter-African trade in animals and products of animal origin (speaker : Adrien Mankor of Senegal / France)

The importance of integrating animal health and welfare policies, and protection of the environment and modernisation of veterinary legislation for the improvement of food security and the contribution to the agricultural gross domestic product of African countries (speaker: Mohamed Bahari of Tanzania)

Regarding the OIE PVS (Performance of Veterinary Services) pathway, two countries presented testimony of the benefits and positive returns the PVS missions have had for the development of the animal health agenda : Togo and Guinea. Furthermore a technical cooperation agreement was signed between Uganda and the OIE for the modernisation of its veterinary legislation.

Opening remarks by Dr. Yacouba Samaké, Regional Representative of the OIE for Africa

Towards the end of the second day, several international and regional technical organisations, as well as donors, were given the floor to present their views to the Delegates of the OIE in Africa. As such, statements were delivered by :

AU - IBAR

AU - PANVAC

AU - PATTEC

CIRAD / FVI

European Commission

FAO

ILRI

USDA – APHIS

WAEMU

WHO

World Bank

WSPA

As for the first evening, hosted by the Government of Togo, the second day was brought to a close with a gala dinner hosted by the OIE.

The OIE Director-General, Dr. Bernard Vallat (left), presents a gift to the
Togolese Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the Hon. Colonel Ouro Kura Agadazi (right)

Thursday was dedicated for field visits and to the audience granted by the Hon. Prime Minuster and the Hon. President of the Republic of Togo to the Director General and the President of the OIE, accompanied by the OIE Regional Representative for Africa, the Hon. MInister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the OIE Delegate for Togo.

The Government of Togo, represented by the two line-Ministers, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries on the one hand, and of Health of other hand, have made tremendous efforts to turn this Regional Conference into great success. One must underline the fact that the Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries effectively presided over the working sessions of this Conference. The OIE wishes to thank the authorities and the people of Togo for the warm welcome. The organisation also wishes to acknowledge the West-African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) for its contribution to the Conference budget and support to ensure the participation of the delegations of its Member States.

The next Conference will be held in February 2015 in Morocco. Namibia has expressed interest in hosting the 2017 Conference

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

Musical entertainment by the choir of Lomé University. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013


 

Opening speech by Col. Ouro Kura Agadazi, Togolese Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

 

Opening speech by the President of the Regional Commission of the OIE for Africa , Dr. Marosi Molomo, OIE Delegate of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013


 

Declamation and tribute to animal health by a griot / poet during the opening session. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013


 

Opening remarks by Dr. Karin Schwabenbauer, President of the OIE


 

Overview of the conference hall (inauguration)

 

Overview of the conference hall (inauguration)

 

 

Overview of the conference hall (inauguration)

 

 

Speech by Dr Monique Eloit, Deputy Director - General of the OIE. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013

 

 

Musical entertainment by the ballet of the Lion-cubs of Togo

 

 

Musical entertainment by the ballet of the Lion-cubs of Togo. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013

 

 

Interview of the OIE Delegate for Niger, Dr Ibrahim Bangana, when exiting the opening ceremony. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013

 

 

Prof. Dr. Charles Kondi Agba, Togolese Minister of Health. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013

 

 

The high table with from left to right Dr. Karin Schwabenbauer (President of the OIE), Dr. Monique Eloit (Deputy Director - General of OIE) and Dr. Yacouba Samaké (Regional Representative of the OIE for Africa).


 

The speaker for the technical theme n° 1 (with questionnaire) Dr. Adrien Mankor

 

Remarks by the OIE Delegate from Senegal, Dr. Mbargou Lô

 

Remarks by the OIE Delegate from Burkina Faso, Dr. Lassina Ouattara

 

 

Remarks by the representative from Zimbabwe, Dr. Unesu Ushewokunze - Obatolu.

 

 

Remarks by the OIE Delegate from Togo, Dr. Batasse Daniel Batawui (left) followed by Ms Nathaly Monsalve of the OIE Regional Activities Deparrtment in Paris.

 

 

Remarks by the representative from Benin, Dr. Thomas Gbaguidi

 

 

The signing of an agreement between the OIE and Uganda for a technical assistance programme on veterinary legislation. From left to right Col. Ouro Kura Agadazi, Togolese Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director-general, Dr. Nicholas Kauta, OIE Delegate of Uganda and Dr. Yacouba Samaké, OIE Regional Representative for Africa. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013

 

 

Overview of the - gala dinner offered by the Government of Togo in the gardens of the Mercure - Sarakawa Hotel. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013

 

 

The Ministers Agadazi (left) and Agba (right) are invited by the traditional dance group. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013

 

 

Prof. Dr. Charles Kondi Agba, Togolese Minister of Health (left) presents a gift to Dr. and Mrs. Vallat (right)

 

 

The speaker for the technical theme n° 2, Dr. Mohamed Bahari


 

Col Ouro Kura Agadazi, Togolese Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (left) is introduced to Dr Daouda Bangoura, OIE Delegate of Guinea in the presence of Dr. Soumana Diallo of WAEMU (left) and Dr Bernard Vallat of the OIE (right). Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013

 

 

Lomé beach scene. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013

 

 

Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director-general during his presentation of the OIE's veterinary education programme. Picture (c) Annie Vallat (oie) 2013

 

Dr. Joseph (Jemi) Domenech, OIE officer-in-charge of the PPR portfolio.

 

 

Dr. Ahmed El-Sawalhy, Director of the Inter-african bureau for animal resources of the African Union.

 

 

Dr. Cécile Squarzoni-Diaw, CIRAD / FVI officer in charge of veterinary training programmes

 

 

Dr Moritz Klemm of the European Commission in Brussels

 

 

Dr. Abdou Fall of ILRI in Dakar, Senegal.

 
   
All pictures (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2013, except where mentioned otherwise