Issues related to the trading in and health of animals are the subjects of discussion at the 20th conference of the Regional Commission for Africa of the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) underway in Lome.
The meeting is being attended by delegates from 53 African countries, international and sub-regional organizations, drug manufacturing laboratories, veterinary doctors and experts in animal issues.
They have since Tuesday been discussing issues related to the issues in an effort to formulate relevant recommendations from Africa to be submitted for approval by the World Assembly of OIE delegates scheduled to take place in Paris, the French capital, the organizers said.
The four-day conference will also review, among other things, reports on the programme of the different sub-regional representatives, sanitary conditions in zoos in the region's member countries in 2012, the modernization of veterinary education in Africa and the situation of the plague of ruminants in Africa.
Participants will work towards the harmonisation of sanitary regulations relative to the trading of animals and animal products between the member states of each region, the improvement of the contribution of cattle to national economies within the framework of food security and poverty alleviation.