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Contacts:

Host Country:

Dr Akio Kato
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan animal_health88@maff.go.jp

OIE:

Ms Takako Hasegawa
OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific
asia.pacific@oie.int

OIE Regional Activities Department
regactivities.dept@oie.int

 


Welcome


Thanks to the kind offer of the government of Japan during the 86th General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE, held in Paris in May 2018, we will have the pleasure to be in Sendai from 2 to 6 September 2019 to celebrate the 31st Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania.

The Conferences of the OIE Regional Commissions are OIE institutional meetings which purpose is to examine animal health, animal welfare and animal production food safety issues within the Region and to elaborate recommendations in accordance with the OIE General Rules. The recommendations to be adopted during the 31st Conference will be presented to the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE in May 2020 for endorsement. Once endorsed by the OIE World Assembly of Delegates, recommendations provide an important guideline for the thirty-six Members of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania as well as for the overall Organisation.

Regional Conferences facilitate closer contact and more active discussions among Delegates of the region. These four days entirely dedicated to the region are the best occasion for Delegates to discuss about regional issues and to express their concerns directly to the Director General and the technical staff from the OIE. It also allows exchanges with key representatives from international and regional organisations involved in animal and veterinary public health activities in the region.

Participation of OIE Members in the Conferences of the OIE Regional Commissions is very important allowing them to be part of the discussions on topics of regional interest and, therefore, to ensure that all regional contributions are taken into account and regional needs are well addressed by the OIE.

As Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), I will be honoured to welcome and to accompany all participants during such an important event for the region.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Sendai! 

 

Dr Monique Eloit
OIE Director General


As the OIE delegate of Japan and president of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania, I am honoured to invite you to the 31 st Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania to be held in Sendai from 2 to 6 September 2019.

Livestock production and aquaculture play a vital role in the economic development of many countries in this region by providing food, income, employment and other additional assets. While the production systems and challenges faced may vary from country to country, we all should pursue the OIE’s global vision of “Protecting animals; preserving our future”.

During the conference, important topics of a high priority for the region will be discussed. One of the key topics is how to improve collaboration between animal and public health professionals and this topic will be presented as a technical item with questionnaire.

Another topic to be covered is the African Swine Fever Virus (ASF). The spread of ASF is a global concern, and especially since last August when the first ASF case in Asia was reported. This is an extremely challenging disease and to have any hope of control or eradication in the region a strong cooperation among Members is vital, as repeatedly addressed at international level including during the OIE 87 th General Session.

In addition, considering that the Asia-Pacific region has historically dominated global aquaculture production, prevention and control of aquatic animal disease such as Koi-herpes and the emerging shrimp disease SHIV is critical in this region. Epidemiological information and experiences in aquatic animal disease control will be shared and discussed in the Conference.

I believe the conference will provide a great opportunity to discuss these broad issues and to further develop regional strategies.

I also wish this Conference offers you a good opportunity to know the charm of Sendai city and to enjoy the food, culture, atmosphere and hospitality of Japan. Sendai city, the capital of Miyagi prefecture, is a modern city in harmony with nature. Miyagi prefecture is famous for its marine delicacies especially Pacific oyster, Coho salmon and seaweed.

Furthermore, many of the coastal towns and cities in this prefecture suffered severe damage caused by the large Tsunami triggered by the Great Japan Earthquake in March 2011 and have begun to rebuild and recover. Visitors and tourism can help support this recovery, so we are ready to welcome you with delicious local food and inspiring cultural visits to enrich your stay.

I look forward to seeing you all in Sendai in September.

 


Dr Norio KUMAGAI
President of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania and the OIE Delegate of Japan