Canada Gives Millions to OIE

Canada has contributed $2 million (Canadian) to the World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE, to support the organization’s activities.

“The positive impact of animal health policies on fair and safe trade, but also on poverty reduction and public health, is in itself ample justification for financing and maintaining animal health strategies and specific programs worldwide,” Dr. Bernard Vallat, OIE director general said. “Canada has always been supportive of OIE’s actions but I would like to stress my personal thanks to the Government of Canada for confirming it again through this additional contribution.”

“Our government is pleased to make this additional contribution to support the vital work of the OIE as part of our continued efforts to promote fair international trade for Canadian animals and animal products and for producers worldwide,” said Canada Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

Priorities of shared interest will be evaluated on an annual basis to direct the funds for maximum benefit and impact, including support to OIE headquarters and regional activities through seminars for the capacity building of key national policymakers.

The World Animal Health and Welfare Fund was established in 2004 for the purpose of projects of international public good relating to the control of animal diseases, including zoonoses, through capacity building investment. It allows for voluntary contributions to be directed to specific activities as defined by the donor.

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