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17th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas

Panama, 16-19 November 2004- The Government of Panama kindly agreed to host the 17th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas in its capital city. The Conference was presided by Lcdo. Laurentino Cortizo-Cohen, Minister of Agricultural Development of Panama, Dr Jaime Medrano, Director of Animal Health and Delegate of Panama to the OIE and Dr Peter Fernández, President of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas. The Director General of the OIE, Dr Bernard Vallat, the authorities of the Ministry, 97 Delegates of Member Countries of the OIE, representatives of international and regional organisations and observers attended the Conference.

On behalf of the Member Countries of the OIE, the Director General of the OIE expressed his gratitude to the Authorities of Panama for hosting this very important meeting. He added that thanks to the financial support of Spain and Argentina, the Manual for Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals of the OIE, which has been translated for the first time into Spanish, was presented during this conference.

The two technical items discussed during the Conference were of particular importance and interest, not only for the Americas, but for the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) as a whole. These were:

Risk communication Veterinary education: meeting the needs of Veterinary Services

In addition to these two technical items, the traditional reports of the Heads of Veterinary Services on the diseases that recently occurred in their countries provided Delegates with an updated general overview of the current animal disease status in this region.

New developments in OIE aquatic animal health policies, as well as new links between the Regional Commission and professional organizations of animal production, and groups of scientists, were also discussed on the fringe of the programme.

The Conference also adopted a common position on new standards to be developed by the OIE on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Finally, several Recommendations were discussed and adopted. These recommendations are of great interest to assist the 29 Member Countries of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas to adopt a common position on these issues, to be proposed and discussed with the countries of other continents during the OIE General Session of all Member Countries in May 2005.

Participants supported the proposal of the Delegate of Brazil to hold the 18th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas in its country at the end of November 2006. They extended their sincere gratitude to the Authorities of Panama and its Veterinary Services for the excellent quality of the organisation and hospitality.

Participants noted the implementation of a new process between Panama and the OIE regarding the possible establishment in Panama through COPEG of a new world-wide Reference Laboratory of the OIE in the field of screwworm control methods.