Bhutan elected as the Vice President of the World Organisation for Animal Health’s
Dr Tashi Samdup, Director General of the Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan, was unanimously elected as the Vice President of the Regional Commission of the OIE for Asia, the Far East and Oceania by the 32 member countries of the Region during the 85th Session of the World Animal Health Assembly held from 21 to 26 May 2017 at Paris, France.
The Regional Commission is the regional body of the OIE that addresses specific problems facing its members on matters related to animal health, disease control, animal welfare and animal trade in the Asia-Pacific Region. The OIE, established in 1924 and based in Paris, France is the world organization for animal health responsible for animal health at global level through setting of standards for animal diseases, animal welfare, and livestock trade. Bhutan as one of the 180 member countries of the OIE has been benefiting immensely in terms of financial and technical support from the OIE for animal disease control, capacity building, and technical collaboration.
As the Vice President of the Regional Commission, it is expected that Bhutan will be well represented in international arena and can play an instrumental role in the control of transboundary animal diseases and emerging zoonoses that could pose significant risks to the countries in the Region including Bhutan.
Dr Tashi Samdup, as the OIE Delegate of Bhutan led a three member delegation from Bhutan for the 85th OIE General Session. During the general session the Bhutanese delegation also held sideline bilateral meetings with the development partners and the OIE member states for technical cooperation in areas of animal disease control and capacity building.
Dr Tashi’s nomination as the Vice President of the OIE Regional Commission follows the recent election of Bhutan as the Chair of SAARC Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) forum during the 6th SAARC CVO’s Meeting convened in Thimphu from 9 to 10 May 2017. The SAARC CVO represents the SAARC region in various international forums on livestock and animal health organized by FAO, OIE and other relevant organizations. Bhutan will hold the chair of SAARC CVO until the convention of the next SAARC CVO meeting.
The members of the Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania with the representatives of OIE offices in Tokyo and Bangkok (From left: Dr Hirofumi Kugita, OIE Tokyo; Dr Kazuo Ito, Japan; Dr Sovann Sen, Cambodia; Dr Zhongqiu Zhang, China; Dr Mark Schipp, Australia; Dr Him Hoo Yap, Singapore, Dr Tashi Samdup, Bhutan; Dr Ronello Abila, OIE Bangkok