Improving animal health for trade at national and regional levels
The project held five training seminars for delegates of OIE developing Member Countries. The seminars looked at how to apply specific measures of the WTO SPS Agreement, strengthen surveillance of domestic and wild animal populations, and improve the timely detection and reporting of OIE-listed animal diseases.
Raising awareness of the SPS Agreement provisions and how the OIE operates in the field of safety of trade of animals and animal products supports developing countries to gain access to new markets. The project used a ‘Training for Trainers’ approach and developed an interactive tool box with teaching aides.
Following five regional seminars, held in Bamako, Bangkok, Cairo, Vienna and Bogotá, the project improved awareness levels and supported the practical day-to-day work of around 90 trainees from 43 countries. Survey respondents showed that the application of knowledge from the seminars significantly contributed to building their capacity to meet international standards and to better prevent and manage animal diseases. The benefits of the project were found to have continued after the training.