FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

FAO organizes the closing workshop of the project on Strengthening Veterinary Quarantine Capacity in Middle East Countries

FAO Lebanon and the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture are hosting a two-day closing workshop of the Technical Cooperation Regional Project: Strengthening Veterinary Quarantine Capacity in Middle East Countries (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen).

FAO Lebanon and the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture are hosting a two-day closing workshop of the Technical Cooperation Regional Project: Strengthening Veterinary Quarantine Capacity in Middle East Countries (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen).

This project, funded by FAO and launched in Beirut in May 2012 aims to facilitate the establishment of an effective animal quarantine system in order to provide the necessary levels of safety and minimize the risks of introduction of animal diseases into the countries from imports of live animals and animal products.

The project has successfully completed assessments of the veterinary quarantine systems in the concerned countries; trainings of national stakeholders to strengthen capacities in various aspects of quarantine procedures and import risk analysis; and provision of equipment’s of communication, data management and border inspection supplies.

Based on the assessments conducted in the participating countries a medium-term regional project was formulated aiming at upgrading animal quarantine systems to international standards. The proposed project will be discussed and finalized in the closing workshop and will be submitted to funding partners.

The workshop will take place under the patronage and in the presence of the Lebanese Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Dr Hussein Hajj Hassan, at the Hotel Rotana Arjaan - Beirut on December 18 and 19 with participants from FAO and the participating countries.

16/12/2013