Delivery of certificates of attendance by Dr. Y. Samaké OIE and Dr S. Diallo WAEMU. Picture © V. Brioudes (oie) 2013.
After the seminar in Gaborone in November 2011, a second OIE training seminar on Veterinary Legislation was held in Cotonou (Benin) from 15 to 17 January 2013.
70 persons including participants from 15 countries of West Africa attended the seminar (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo).
This training was funded by the European Union under the project “Strengthening of veterinary governance in Africa” (“Vet-Gov”) and jointly organized by the Benin and OIE, with technical and financial collaboration of the “West Africa Economic and Monetary Union” (WAEMU).
The main aim of this seminar was to familiarize participants with the OIE standards on veterinary legislation and provide the necessary elements to prepare a quality national veterinary legislation.
As a follow up to an evaluation of the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) using the OIE PVS Tool, and at the request of Members, the OIE conducts missions to help governments that wish to modernise the national veterinary legislation and thereby help the veterinary services to meet the OIE standards. After an initial ‘identification’ mission the country may request a longer term collaboration with the OIE, under a formal agreement, with the objective of modernising the national veterinary legislation.
As with other elements of the OIE PVS Pathway, legislation missions are undertaken by experts who are trained and certified by the OIE for this purpose. Mission reports are confidential unless/until the country authorises release to Donors or other OIE partners.