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AGREEMENT BETWEEN
THE PERMANENT VETERINARY COMMITTEE OF
THE SOUTHERN CONE (PVC)
AND
THE WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

Adopted by the OIE on 22 July 2004 and by the PVC on 2 August 2004

 

THE WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)
and
THE PERMANENT VETERINARY COMMITTEE OF THE SOUTHERN CONE (PVC)

  • Considering that the development of livestock production in the Southern Cone of the Americas is reliant upon protection against animal diseases and zoonoses and upon the strengthening of the animal health situation;
  • Considering that the development of trade in animals and animal products necessitates the creation of an appropriate legislative and regulatory environment through the establishment of standards acceptable to all the stakeholders involved;
  • Considering that the strengthening of the Veterinary Services is a key factor in the application of sanitary measures and for the protection of public health;
  • Considering that one of the principal objectives of the OIE is to collect and disseminate information on the occurrence of animal diseases worldwide and on the means of controlling them;
  • Considering that one of the principal objectives of the OIE is to facilitate international trade in animals and animal products through the development of international animal health standards;
  • Considering the OIE's new mandate in the field of food safety;
  • Aware of the need to establish a Cooperation Agreement,

Hereby agree to the following:

Article 1

The present Agreement establishes technical cooperation between the PVC and the OIE.

Article 2

The OIE will, according to the available resources, assist the PVC in the following fields, the list not being exhaustive:

  • Harmonisation of animal health legislation and regulations;
  • Design and setting up of epidemiological surveillance, disease reporting and animal health information systems;
  • Development of standards for trade in animals and animal products;
  • Strengthening of the Veterinary Services through support for the organisation of courses and for training in academic institutions in the veterinary and food-processing fields.

Article 3

Within the framework of its assistance, the OIE will help the PVC to benefit from available international expertise.

Article 4

The PVC undertakes, according to its means, to place assistance in the form of human, material and/or financial resources at the disposal of the OIE.

Article 5

The two organisations agree to keep one another informed of all projects and work programmes of potential mutual interest.

Article 6

Each organisation will invite the other Party to participate as an observer in meetings dealing with subjects of mutual interest and will send the other Party the reports of these meetings.

Article 7

The OIE will provide the PVC with its publications catalogue so as to enable the PVC to order publications of interest, at preferential prices. The OIE and the PVC will exchange documents of mutual interest free of charge.

Article 8

The present Agreement is unlimited in duration. The duration may be revised by mutual agreement between the two Parties.

Article 9

The present Agreement comes into effect on the date on which it is signed.

 

Recaredo Ugarte

 

Bernard Vallat

President of the CVP

Director General of the OIE

Paris, 2 August 2004

Paris, 22 July 2004

   

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