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Minutes of the 65th executive committee meeting
and the 29th session of APHCA

Minutes of the 65th executive committee meeting and the 29th session of APHCA

The 65th Executive Committee Meeting:

Sunday, 25 September 2005, 17.00-18.30 hours

The 29th APHCA Session:

Monday, 26 September 2005 - morning

1. The opening was presided over by the Assistant to the Governor of Bali who also officially opened the APHCA Session. Dr M. Afzal, on behalf of APHCA, welcomed the delegates and observers. Other welcoming speeches were delivered by Mr Mathur Riady, Director-General of Directorate General of Livestock Services of Indonesia, Dr Yoshiyuki Oketani, Representative of OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific, Dr Juan Lubroth, Representative of FAO-HQ. The Session was attended by delegates from APHCA member countries (with the exception of Iran and Nepal - the latter joined subsequently), and observers from Cambodia, China, Viet Nam, ACIAR, ILRI and OIE.

2. The Agenda was adopted.

3. Election of the Chairperson and the members of the Executive Committee: For the Chair, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand were proposed. Sri Lanka and Thailand declined and Indonesia was elected. Thailand was then proposed for Vice-chair and was elected. India, Myanmar, Philippines and Sri Lanka were proposed for Ex-com members. Philippines declined due to fact that the delegate has only recently been appointed to the present position. He promised to play an active role in the future. There were no further nominations, thus, the three countries were elected. Pakistan, being immediate past Chairperson, turned to be Ex-officio member.

The Executive Committee comprises:

Chairperson:

Indonesia

Vice-chairperson:

Thailand

Members:

India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

Ex-officio member:

Pakistan

The outgoing Chairperson, Dr Afzal thanked the delegates for their support and requested Mr Mathur Raidy, Director-General of Directorate General of Livestock Services of Indonesia to further chair the Session.

4. The Minutes of the 64th Executive Committee Meeting and the 28th APHCA Session were reviewed and approved by the delegates.

5. Statement of Accounts:

The Secretary presented the status of the APHCA accounts for 2004 and status of expenditures for 2005. The approved budget for 2004 was US$100 598, while the expenditures amount (APHCA 2005/04) to US$44 973. The reason for this under spending is the already mentioned fact that the RAP livestock group/APHCA Secretariat focused on HPAI-related activities. Furthermore, substantial co-funding for various activities was made available by other agencies such as OIE, JLTA, JICA and by FAO-HQ. The APHCA Secretariat is most grateful for these contributions. All delegates appreciated the activities of the Secretariat in liaising for the co-funding activities. The financial situation of APHCA has improved as countries regularly pay their annual contributions and two countries have paid a substantial part of their arrears. At present, only one country has arrears of more than three years’ contributions. The cash balance without interests as of 1 January 2005 is US$332 004.

The statement of accounts for the year 2004 was approved.

6. Report of Activities:

The Secretary presented the activities conducted by APHCA and the RAP livestock group solely or in support of HQ divisions: AGAP, AGAL, AGAH and projects during 2004-05, irrespective of sources of funding and following the APHCA agreed priority areas.

In the subsequent discussion, the delegates requested further clarification with regard to the composition of the GF-TAD Steering Committee for Asia and the Pacific and the selection of the three CVOs in the Committee. The representative from OIE explained that these CVOs are the three OIE Regional Commission Members. The delegates, considering the role of APHCA and the fact that it represents 15 Asia-Pacific member countries, proposed that the APHCA Chairperson should be included in this Steering Committee. The APHCA Secretariat is requested to approach the FAO-HQ to request a review of the selection of the CVO representatives on this Steering Committee and to ensure that the Chair of APHCA is included.

The delegates from Pakistan and India repeated their request to look into cattle waste and manure management in the urban dairy production of the big cities in their countries.

Other specific issues requiring feed-back by the delegates were addressed in detail as the follows:

a. FAO-APHCA/OIE/JICA Regional Workshop on Classical Swine Fever (CSF) Control in Asia, in collaboration with the Bureau of Animal Industries, Philippines;

b. FAO-APHCA/OIE Feed and Food Safety;

c. FAO-APHCA/OIE joint activities on WTO’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and Veterinary Public Health; and

d. Strategic Priorities for Action Report in the context of the First Report on the State of the World’s AnGR.

The 29th APHCA Session (continues):

Monday, 26 September - afternoon

Chairperson - Dr Syamsul Bahri (Indonesia)

7 The following activities for the year 2006 are proposed by the Secretariat for the approval by the delegates:

a. 2nd Workshop on Feed and Food Safety - US$30 000

b. Workshop on Brucella in sheep and goats with specific attention to B. melitensis as a zoonotic threat and the use of vaccination - US$20 000

c. Author’s contract for an APHCA publication on breeding plans, with specific attention to small-scale dairy improvement - US$12 000

d. Support to finalize an APHCA publication on meat and meat products by the CFC Project - US$10 000

e. Consultant for waste/manure management and manure composting for urban and suburban dairy production in big cities in South Asia - US$15 000

f. A proposal for small-scale dairy in Asia and the Pacific to answer the following questions:

i. what is the economic/resource impact of changing the mix of dairy types in a province?
ii. what is the impact of small change in inputs (e.g. dairy type, feed, land use)?
iii. should the community/province increase the number of low input or intensive dairy farms?
iv. how can a particular dairy co-operative reduce costs while maintaining good production?
v. changes in the demand and options to meet these demands.

Through the development of a flexible sector model of smallholder dairying that incorporates options for:

The proposed budget is US$80 000 for two years (of which up to US$50 000 will be contributed by APHCA and at least US$30 000 from other sources).

In a subsequent discussion, delegates requested clarification with regard to the choice of countries, the linkage with other activities such as the PPLPF and ILRI as well as the International Farm Comparison Network. Delegates agreed in principle, subject to further clarification, which will be circulated to the delegates.

The new (amended) budget proposal was circulated to the delegates for review and for final decision at the wrap-up meeting on 29 September 2005.

Further requests by the Delegates:

[1]Conclusion and adoption of Minutes of the 65th Ex-com Meeting/the 29th APHCA Session

Thursday 29 September 2005 - afternoon

Chairperson - Dr Chaweewan Leowijuk (Thailand)[2]

The Minutes of the 65th Ex-com and the 29th APHCA Session were adopted with some amendments and modifications.

The proposed budget for 2006 with the necessary amendments for the Regional Dairy Initiative was approved.

The delegate from Lao PDR invited the 30th Session to be held in Luang Prabang, during the second week of October 2006.

The delegate from Myanmar proposed to host the 31st APHCA Session in Yangon or Mandalay in 2007.

Other business:

The delegate from Australia informed the meeting about the forthcoming International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, which will be held in Cairns, Australia, between 6 and 11 August 2006. The main themes of this Symposium comprise:

1. Aquatic animal epidemiology;
2. Investigation of disease distribution and determinants (companion/food animals and wildlife);
3. Animal health delivery and response;
4. Tools and training for epidemiologists;
5. Evaluation of animal disease;
6. Global response (to AI, BSE and FMD); and
7. Epidemiology of emerging and zoonotic diseases

The Secretary informed the meeting that sponsorship for officials from APHCA countries to the above Symposium, in the context of the APHCA partnership programme (still limited to the least costly airfare only), can be envisaged subject to the agreement of the APHCA Executive Committee and acceptance of the paper by the Symposium organizer.

The representative from ILRI informed the meeting about the International Conference on Livestock Services Enhancing Rural Development which will be organized in Beijing, China, between 16 and 22 April 2006.

The delegate from Lao PDR requested that the APHCA website should be more regularly updated with details on relevant APHCA events and activities.

The representative from OIE informed the meeting about the OIE’s forthcoming events:

1. The 24th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania, 15-18 November, Seoul (Republic of Korea); and

2. OIE Regional Meeting on Avian Influenza Control (legislation and preparedness including carcass disposal workshop) and OIE workshop on development of animal health legislation (highly pathogenic avian influenza prevention and control) to be organized in Asia in January 2006; and

3. Session on Vaccines and Vaccination of Transboundary Animal Diseases to be organized in Asia in February 2006.

The delegate from Bangladesh urged the APHCA Secretariat to support and follow-up the country’s request for FAO assistance in activities relevant to HPAI.

The delegate from Papua New Guinea requested training in TAD-Info. He was informed that the country is part of a recently approved regional project on disease information systems with a component on training.

The delegates reminded the secretariat to send the letters of appreciation to Dr Molina and Dr Naipospos.

The Chairperson and the Secretary thanked the host country and all those involved in organizing the APHCA Session and the AI Workshop for the excellent arrangements and the great hospitality.

The next session will take place in Luang Prabang in 2006.

The Session was closed at 17:30 hours.

Summary of the actions requested:

a. Circulate for final endorsement the proposal of small-scale dairying.

b. To explore with/propose to FAO-HQ that the APHCA Chairperson become a member in the Regional GF-TAD Steering Committee.

c. Workshop on Brucella in sheep and goats with specific attention to B. melitensis as a zoonotic threat and the use of vaccination.

d. Consultant for animal waste management and composting.

e. Small-scale slaughterhouse and meat processing facilities.

f. Possibility of TCP or other support to residue monitoring.

g. Support to countries once OIE pathway for BSE-free declaration is decided.


[1] The FAO-APHCA/OIE Regional Avian Influenza Economic Assessment Workshop (27-29 September 2006).
[2] As the Chairperson was urgently called back by his Minister, the Vice-chairperson took the responsibility in chairing and closing the Session on 29 September 2005.

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