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The OIE and Kazakhstan sign for a cooperation agreement


Paris, 17 October 2013
– The Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Dr Bernard Vallat and the Minister of agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr Mamytbekov A.S. have signed a cooperation agreement in the presence of Prime Minister, Mr Serik Nigmetovich Akhmetov, establishing a new OIE representation with diplomatic status based in the capital city of Astana. This agreement aims at supporting the prevention and control of animal diseases in the country and the sub-region. The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan underlined that Veterinary Services of Kazakhstan and Middle Asian countries together with OIE representatives will develop in particular a general strategy for foot and mouth disease control.

The OIE “Sub Regional FMD coordination Unit Office” in Astana will also facilitate the development of middle and long term partnerships between the OIE and Kazakhstan, such as the twinning between the National Veterinary Reference Centre, Astana (Kazakhstan) and the OIE Reference Laboratory, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise 'G. Caporale' CESME, Teramo (Italy) in the field of brucellosis diagnostic.

Further collaborations in the framework of the cooperation agreement between the OIE and Kazakhstan are thus expected before the end of the year 2013:

  • A collaboration agreement to upgrade the Kazakh veterinary legislation;
  • A twinning project on veterinary education between the Kazakh National Agrarian University of Almaty coordinating a consortium of Kazakh Universities and the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (France).

“This Agreement is a great step and a first achievement on the path to the control of animal diseases in the Eurasian region, in which Kazakhstan is deemed to play an important role” said Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General of the OIE.