Kazakh Senate ratifies agreement with OIE

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ASTANA. KAZINFORM - The Kazakh Senate deputies have endorsed the law "On ratification of the Agreement between the Government of Kazakhstan and the OIE (Office International des Epizooties) on the establishment of the OIE Sub-Regional FMD (foot and mouth disease) Coordination Unit Office in Astana" at today's plenary session.

"The Government of Kazakhstan and the OIE signed the agreement on cooperation in the field of veterinary in 2012. The agreement on the establishment of the OIE Sub-Regional FMD (foot and mouth disease) Coordination Unit Office in Astana was inked last year," said Minister of Agriculture Assylzhan Mamytbekov, introducing the bill.

According to Minister Mamytbekov, the Coordination Office will focus on strengthening control over the FMD spread, development of common approach and strategy to fight the disease in the region, ensuring cooperation and joint efforts of veterinary services in cooperation with regional and special commissions of the OIE in Central Asia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and the OIE will co-finance the day-to-day functioning of the Coordination Office.

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