Improving Animal Health Service Delivery and Disease Surveillance in Iraq (Legislation Training Workshop) – Iraq

Baghdad, 13-14 March 2022 – 41 government legal advisers and veterinary representatives from all over Iraq participated in the workshop organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under the title of Veterinary Legislation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, and as part of the activities of the Improvement of Health Service Delivery and Disease Control in Iraq project funded by the American Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The workshop aimed to introduce regulatory mechanisms for the surveillance and control of animal diseases, the import and export of animals and their products, as well as to bridge the gap between animal health services and legislation. on disease control and its practical application.

The representative of the FAO organization in Iraq, Dr. Salah Al-Hajj Hassan, gave the opening speech welcoming and thanking the participants. He affirmed the organization’s commitment to adopt modern concepts and values ​​in the “One Health” approach to address health threats to animals, humans, plants and the environment. He added that this workshop provided an opportunity to exchange information and ideas on Iraqi animal health legislation and related regulations and how to move forward to amend them in line with Iraqi standards. OIE and international. He also explained that all recommendations will be reviewed for announcement after coordination with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Representing His Excellency the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Raed Haddad, the Minister’s legal advisor conveyed the greetings of His Excellency the Minister of Agriculture, in addition to commending the effective cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the organization’s role in implementing donor-funded activities and programs to support the agricultural sector in Iraq.

While the head of the Iraqi Veterinarians Syndicate, Dr Samira Latif, explained the role of FAO in supporting the agricultural sector, both plant and animal, and the importance of holding these specialized training workshops, including this one ci (Veterinary legislation).

The legal adviser of the Iraqi Lawyers Syndicate, Mr. Ahmed Majid Al-Hassan, stressed the importance of involving the Association in studies on veterinary legal legislation, thanking the role of FAO in shedding light on this issue. important.

The workshop brought together the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources/Kurdistan Regional Government, the representative of the Union of Veterinarians of Kurdistan, the deans of the two veterinary schools in Baghdad and Duhok, with the participation of civil servants and representatives of veterinary services. Erbil and Baghdad, in addition to the targeted governorates (Duhok, Nineveh, Anbar, Wasit, Muthanna and Basra).

The training included presentations, group work, practical examples and case studies to enrich discussions on elements of veterinary legislation, including animal disease control and animal production, and was complemented by the exchange of observation experiences and exchange of information between participants.

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