The first pan-african training seminar for OIE focal points for veterinary products was held from November 23rd to 26th, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The seminar was organised under the auspices of the European Union’s Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) programme and united OIE focal points from 43 African countries, close to thirty speakers and 13 African participants invited by the NGO GALVmed. The opening session was officiated by Dr. Pieter Mulder, Deputy-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Dr. Pieter Mulder, Deputy-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2010
The 4-day organisation of seminar, coordinated by the French National Veterinary Drugs Agency ANVM (ANSES), an OIE Collaborating Centre, can be summarised as follows:
This seminar is regarded as the first step in a long process of strengthening of capacities of those who are in charge of applying OIE standards in the field of veterinary products, and will be used as a basis to build a continuous education programme, which should be in place within the next two years.
All pictures (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2010, unless mentioned otherwise.