The Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Dr Bernard Vallat and the Minister of agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr Mamytbekov A.S. have signed a cooperation agreement aimed to support the prevention and control of animal diseases in the country and the sub-region. The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan underlined that Veterinary Services of Kazakhstan and Middle Asian countries together with OIE representatives will develop in particular a general strategy for foot and mouth disease control.
The OIE “Sub Regional FMD coordination Unit Office” in Astana will also facilitate the development of middle and long term partnerships between the OIE and Kazakhstan, such as the twinning between the National Veterinary Reference Centre, Astana (Kazakhstan) and the OIE Reference Laboratory, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise 'G. Caporale' CESME, Teramo (Italy) in the field of brucellosis diagnostic.
Further collaborations in the framework of the cooperation agreement between the OIE and Kazakhstan are thus expected before the end of the year 2013:
- A collaboration agreement to upgrade the Kazakh veterinary legislation;
- A twinning project on veterinary education between the Kazakh National Agrarian University of Almaty coordinating a consortium of Kazakh Universities and the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (France).
Thursday October 17, 2013 /OIE