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OIE International Committee succeeds in bringing China and Taiwan to fully participate together in the organization's activities

Paris, 25 May 2007 - The 169 Member Countries of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that gathered in Paris for the 75th General Assembly of the organization, voted on Friday the restoration of the exercise of the rights and obligations of the People's Republic of China to the OIE.

Taiwan maintains its participation to the organization. The OIE has been asked by the vote of its Member Countries to refer to it under the new name of “Chinese Taipei”.

“This is a historical vote for our organization”, the Director General of the OIE, Dr Bernard Vallat commented. “Nowadays, an effective control of animal diseases, including zoonosis, requires more and more transparent information and cooperation from Member Countries. The international community cannot afford to have gaps in the management of sanitary information and counting both Taiwan and China among our active Members will further improve the animal disease situation in the world”, he added.

China had become a member of the OIE in 1992 but had not been fully participating to its work due to the presence in the organization of Taiwan , which joined the OIE in 1954.

With today's vote, the OIE becomes one of the first and few international organizations whose members have facilitated and reached an agreement to have both China and Chinese Taipei as active members.

Background information

As of May 2007 the OIE totals 169 Member Countries with Fidji Islands having joined the organization during this 75 th General Session.

The International Committee of the OIE comprises all the Delegates and meets at least once a year. The General Session of the International Committee lasts five days and is held every year in May in Paris .

Voting by Delegates within the International Committee respects the democratic principle of 'one country, one vote'.

The main functions of the International Committee are:

  • to adopt international standards in the field of animal health, especially for sanitary safety of international trade;
  • to adopt resolutions on the prevention and control of the major animal diseases;
  • to elect the members of the governing bodies of the OIE (President and Vice-President of the Committee, Members of the technical, administrative and regional Commissions);
  • to appoint the Director General of the OIE;
  • to examine and approve the annual report of activities and the financial report of the Director General and the annual budget of the OIE;
  • to vote resolutions regarding all policies of the organization.