Agriculture Minister meets Director General of World Organisation for Animal HealthEconomy | Agriculture
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry Ch.Ulaan met with Monique Eloit, Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) during his working visit to Berlin, Germany.
Informing that the results of assessments recently carried out in Mongolia showed favorable results, Ms. Monique Eloit emphasized the Government of Mongolia has taken numerous actions to reform the country’s animal health services, protect animal health, provide the population with healthy and safe food, and promote international trade. She also commended the works underway to introduce vertical management system into the General Authority for Veterinary Services and noted that the western region of Mongolia can shortly be internationally recognized to be free of highly contagious animal diseases. The importance of improving coordination between the General Authority for Veterinary Services and private sector vets, especially the General Agency for Specialized Inspection was also mentioned at the meeting.
Minister Ch.Ulaan reported on the measures being taken to improve animal health services as well as some matters of great concern. He then informed of his plan to submit to OIE an official request to have the western region of Mongolia declared free of highly contagious animal diseases this fall as scheduled and move to gain international recognition next year. The two sides agreed that this will boost export in the livestock sector and improve income and livelihoods of herders.
Lastly, the Mongolian side undertook to start implementing the organization’s recommendations as soon as receiving an assessment report and the OIE showed its willingness to provide support in taking actions necessary for enhancing the country’s animal health services.