June 2011 Official Opening of the Sub-Regional Representation of the OIE for East Africa and Horn of Africa

The opening session with from left to right : The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, the OIE Regional Representative for Africa, the Hon. Minister, the OIE Director-General, the OIE Sub-regional Representative and the Kenyan OIE Delegate


Nairobi, 06 June 2011. The Sub-regional Representation of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for Eastern and the Horn of Africa was officially inaugurated by Honorable Dr. Mohamed Abdi Kuti, EGH, Minister for Livestock Development of Kenya and Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General of the OIE on June 6, 2011.

Dr. Walter Masiga, former Director of the KARI veterinary research centre, Muguga and former Director of the Interafrican Bureau of Animal Resources of the African Union and now the OIE Sub-regional Representative, started the office on 1st January 2010.

The Sub-region covers the following countries : Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and will soon include Southern Sudan.

The inauguration was followed by the first working session with the 12 Delegates of the sub-region and with the Southern Sudan representative as an observer. The meeting discussed the work program for the sub-region for the year 2012. The working session was followed by a lunch at the Rangers' restaurant and a game drive at the Nairobi National Park, 10 minutes away from the city center


Hon. Dr Mohamed Abdi Kuti, EGH, Kenyan Minister of Livestock Development


Unveiling of the commemorative plaque


Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director-General signs the visitors’ book


Honorable Dr. Mohamed Abdi Kuti, EGH, Minister for Livestock Development of Kenya signs the visitors’ book.


The Hon. Minister and the OIE Director General cutting the customary ribbon.


Dr Walter Masiga, OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Eastern Africa (standing) thanking the Hon. Minister for Livestock Development, Dr. Mohamed Abdi Kuti (seated, right) and the OIE Director-General, Dr. Bernard Vallat (seated, left).


A game drive in Nairobi National Park.

Enjoying a lunch at the Rangers Restaurant

Dr. Bernard Vallat, OIE Director-General, second from left, receives a gift on behalf of the OIE Sub-Regional Representation staff in Nairobi.

Group photograph

All pictures © A. Maillard (oie) 2011