Dr Florencia Cipriano, OIE Delegate of Mozambique. Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2008.
Since 2006, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is represented in Southern Africa through the establishment of a Sub-regional Representation, based in Gaborone, Botswana. Since late 2007, this office has conducted a series of seminars on capacity building on international standards for veterinary services in the framework of the SADC – EU Grant Contribution Agreement with the OIE.
The present seminar, with the title “OIE international standards, a lever for growth in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Southern Africa”, intended to focus on designated OIE subject matter focal points for aquatic animal diseases in the OIE member countries within the SADC region, and was held in Maputo, Mozambique from June 10th to 12th, 2008.
The seminar was attended by 12 national OIE subject matter focal points, and 6 national FAO focal points
for the surveillance of epizootic ulcerative syndrome (EUS) in the Zambezi-Chobe river basin, as well as
representatives from the private sector. The seminar was ably facilitated by several international and
regional experts on fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic animal diseases.
The objective of the seminar was to enhance the awareness of those who are entrusted with aquatic animal health within the veterinary services, either directly as part of the veterinary administration or indirectly through a competent authority, e.g. Ministry responsible for Fisheries and Aquaculture. Areas such as disease reporting through WAHIS and disease diagnosis in collaboration with OIE Reference Laboratories were highlighted to emphasize the need for collaboration between both public and private sectors.
Reference was made to the recent outbreak (2006) of EUS in the Chobe and Zambezi rivers to illustrate
constraints, pathways, concepts and standards.