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6. APHCA: 00/5 - Works Performed/Achieved during September 1999 - October 2000 and Works to be Continued and Planned for November 2000 - Year 2001

Works Performed/Achieved during September 1999 - October 2000

1 Organized meetings, training and workshops:

1.1 The 58th Executive Committee Meeting and the 23rd Session of APHCA, Kochi, India, 4-9 September 1999.

1.2 The FAO/APHCA-EMPRES-OIE Regional Workshop on Animal Disease Contingency Planning, Kochi, India, 4-6 September 1999.

1.3 The OIE-APHCA Regional Workshop on Animal Disease Risk Analysis, 7-9 September 1999.

1.4 The DLD-FAO-APHCA Regional Workshop on Meat Canning Technology Chiang Mai, Thailand, December 1999.

1.5 The Regional OIE-APHCA Workshop on IT and Uses of Available Databases, Bangkok, Thailand, 10-12 February 2000.

2 Initiated and Assisted in FAO TCP Projects:
2.1 Concept paper for TCP project on trans-border animal disease surveillance including APHCA member countries within the South-east Asian Sub-region was prepared and proposal has been made to FAO HQ for TCP approval.

2.2 Draft proposal has been made for TCP funding on Transboundary Animal Disease Information System (TADInfo) including APHCA member countries within South-east Asian Sub-region.

2.3 Involved in the proposal for the Regional TCP Project on Training in Meat Inspection to be held in Malaysia. This proposal was submitted to FAO HQ for approval.

2.4 Assist AGAH/EMPRES in formulating the TCP project on Rinderpest Control and Eradication in Pakistan - TCP/PAK/8923.

3 Strengthen the APHCA Information Unit (to be proposed as a five-year activity):
3.1 Scan and maintain valuable FAO and APHCA publications/papers in the APHCA electronic library for further use. Some of these electronic documents have been recorded on CDs and diskettes for further distribution to members without Internet access.

3.2 Develop and maintain the APHCA Mail Server (aphca-l@mailserv.fao.org) to serve APHCA Delegates/National Focal Points (NFPs) and external subscribers in order to promote electronic communications amongst the APHCA members and disseminate technical and useful information to all interested parties, in a timely manner. This server is now fully moderated by an APHCA network manager stationed at the APHCA Secretariat, attached to the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok.

3.3 Publish and distribute the electronic version of ASIAN LIVESTOCK both on the APHCA website and via e-mail.

3.4 Place the APHCA website on a permanent web hosting server (URL address: http://aphca.org). (started in September 2000)

3.5 Provide and distribute technical information, papers, and publications of FAO, APHCA and the others that are available within the APHCA Information Unit upon request, free of charge.

3.6 Create an ASCII text only website and e-mail for APHCA Delegates/ NFPs with early stage computer technology.

4. Promote Membership of APHCA
4.1 Invited Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea (Rep. of) and Vietnam to join in APHCA. Bhutan became the 15th country member of APHCA in April 2000.
5 Cooperated Activities with Other International Organizations and Donor Agencies:
5.1 Co-sponsored and co-organized (with the GTZ-BgVV of Germany and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand) the 3rd Regional Training Course on Serological Diagnostic of Important Livestock Diseases and Zoonoses, and Maintenance of Laboratory Equipment, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 25 October - 12 November 1999. Selected participants from APHCA countries (i.e. Philippines, Laos, and Thailand) were sponsored.

5.2 Provide logistic support and gave lectures at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai U. and Free U., Germany Regional Training Course in Microbiology and Food Hygiene, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 25 November - 13 December 1999. Sponsored participants from some APHCA countries were invited.

5.3 Provide logistic support and gave lectures at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai U. and Free U., Germany Regional Training Course in Food Safety and Microbiology in Chiang Mai, Thailand, July 2000. Sponsored participants from some APHCA countries were invited.

Works to be Continued and Planned for November 2000 - Year 2001
1.1 Participated in the JICA/Department of Livestock Services of Nepal (DLS) Workshop on Control and Eradication of Foot and Mouth Disease in South Asia, Kathmandu/Birganj, Nepal, 1-4 March 2000. High-level officials from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and representatives from FAO/APHCA participated in this Workshop.

One of the recommendations made by this Workshop was that “The FMD Sub-Commission (or Working Group) for South Asia should be established under the umbrella of international forum. Since the 6 South Asian countries are all members of APHCA, APHCA would be the most suitable forum under which the FMD Sub-Commission/Working Group be formed”.

In line with the recommendation made at the FMD Workshop in Nepal and in response to the request made by the Delegate of India during the 56th Executive Committee Meeting in Sri Lanka in February 1999 to have a strategic paper/plan on regional FMD control and eradication in the South Asian region, a FMD concept paper was prepared and will be presented during the 24th APHCA Session, and further discussion will be made - Agenda item no. 10.1.)

1.2 Participated in the M.Sc. (Veterinary Public Health - VPH) Course Preparation Workshop, a joint programme organized by in August 2000. This M.Sc. (VPH) course is specially designed for Asian students and proposal for funding from EU has been made to cover a 5-year activity starting from year 2002. APHCA has been requested to provide necessary logistic support and will become a focal point for recruitment of sponsored students from its member countries. (More details will be provided by representatives from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University during the 24th APHCA Session - Agenda item no. 10.2.)

1.3 A concept paper on promotion of small-scale poultry raising (HOPE-A) was prepared. This paper will be presented during the 24th APHCA Session, and further discussion will be made. - Agenda item no. 10.3.

1.4 A concept paper on Animal Genetic Resources was prepared. This paper will be presented during the 24th APHCA Session, and further discussion will be made. - Agenda item no.10.4.

1.5 Joint Workshop with OIE, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Berlin University, Germany on Veterinary Public Health - VPH with an emphasis on Food Safety and SPS Agreement in February or April 2001. (subject to further discussion with the OIE)

1.6 Co-sponsor and jointly organize the “Regional Workshop on Water Buffalo Development” with the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) of Thailand and the Japan Livestock Technology Association (JLTA). This Workshop will be organized during 5-7 February 2001 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The main theme will be “Water Buffaloes for Food Security and Sustainable Rural Development”. Participants from all APHCA member countries will be invited. (official invitations will be issued in due time)

1.7 Co-organize with the FAO-EMPRES the “Regional Workshop on Animal Disease Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness” in Iran during March - April 2001. (subject to further discussion with the Veterinary Organization of Iran and the FAO-EMPRES)

1.8 Joint activity with Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany and Kasetsart University, Thailand to establish “Network of Good Practices for Sustainable Development in Agriculture (SDANET)”. Proposal to EU for funding was made in September 2000. (this activity can be merged with the APHCA Information Network)

1.9 Organize Regional Training in Meat Inspection in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (awaiting for approval from TCP Unit in FAO HQ)

1.10 Organize Regional Training in Meat Canning Technology in Chiang Mai, Thailand during 7-11 November 2000. Participants from selected APHCA member countries will be invited. (up to 15 overseas participants can be accommodated - recruitment being done by the Regional Animal Production Officer at RAP)


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