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“Regional Training Seminar for OIE Focal Points
on Aquatic Animal Diseases in Africa ”

Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre
Swakopmund, Namibia
June 15 - 19, 2010

80 specialists and focal points on aquatic animal diseases from 36 African countries, along with representatives from the FAO (Rome), OIE (Paris), EC (Brussels), SARNISSA (Stirling), NVI (Oslo) and AAHRI (Bangkok) met in the coastal town of Swakopmund in NamIbia from June 15 - 19th, 2010 for a regional training seminar to improve their knowledge of the OIE and it's activities, in general terms and more specifically as regards aquatic animal diseases, i.e. diseases of amphibians, crustaceans, fish and molluscs.
Focal points from Morocco and Mauritius (top) listening to the presentation
by Dr. Karim Ben Jebara (bottom), Head of the OIE Animal Health
Information Department (c) P. Bastiaensen (OIE) 2010.

The seminar was facilitated by the European Commission (DG SANCO) and the Government of Namibia and was complemented by field visits to producers and processors of aquatic products, such as (farmed) fish, shell fish and oysters in Swakopmund and neighbouring Walvisbay.

The meeting covered the overall mandates (amongst others : notification through WAHIS and general trade issues) as well as the specific mandates pertaining to aquatic animal diseases, i.e. the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission (represented by Dr. Ricardo Enriquez) and the Aquatic Code and Manual it produces annually. External speakers provided inputs on the inland and marine aquatic production sectors in the world and in Africa, the challenges of illegal, unregistered and unregulated fisheries, international and regional stakeholders working on aquatic health issues, and import, export and certification of aquatic products. Seven countries (including the host country) were given an opportunity to present the challenges they face in meeting OIE international standards, while case studies were presented by international experts on koi herpes virus, abalone virus mortality, white spot disease in shrimps, epizootic ulcerative syndrome in (fin)fish and fransicella infections in tilapia.

The meeting was attended by OIE focal points (or designated officials) from Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Congo (DRC), Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, São Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The meeting was also attended by all 4 (sub)Regional Representatives of the OIE in Africa, based in Bamako, Gaborone, Tunis and Nairobi

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A choir accompanies the opening ceremony on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010.

Welcoming address by the OIE Delegate for Namibia, Dr. Albertina Shilongo of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.

Welcoming address OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Southern Africa, Dr. Bonaventure Mtei.

Overview of participants and facilitators.

Presentation by Mr. Etienne Hinrichsen, Chairman of the Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa (AASA)

Handing out of the training certificate by the OIE Regional Representative for Africa,, Dr Abdoulaye Bouna Niang and Namibia's CVO, Dr. Cleopas Bamhare (right), to the Delegate of the last counytry to become Member of the OIE, Dr. Jimmy Melanie of the Seychelles (c) Gillian Mylrea (oie) 2010.

pictures (c) P. Bastiaensen / OIE (2010) unless mentioned otherwise.


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