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Closing of twinning project on capacity building in animal health watch.

TUNIS, (TAP)- The twinning project between Tunisia, France and Italy on capacity building of the National Centre for Animal Health Watch in Tunisia (CNVZ) came to an end, leading to positive and satisfactory results, according to project managers and partners who met Thursday in Tunis at the closing seminar.

The project is part of the support programme of the Association Agreement and the Neighbourhood Action Plan in Tunisia funded by the European Union (EU) with investments of 1.1 million euros (1 euro = 2.1885 dinars) for a period of 27 months (January 2014 - April 2014).

It aims to contribute to the prevention of animal diseases in Tunisia, particularly through sustainable capacity building of the CNVZ.

Through this project, 5 priority animal diseases, in terms of watch and monitoring, were listed out of a total of 17 animal diseases transmissible to humans, said Myriam Carpentier, resident adviser of the twining project.

A diagnosis of the animal health situation in Tunisia was also conducted and monitoring indicators related to the pre-listed diseases were identified.

In parallel, a prototype of animal health information and watch system in Tunisia for CNVZ and its partners was developed.

Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to Tunisia, Laura Baeza said the twinning project between Tunisia, France and Italy reflects aACoethe European commitment to support the improvement of animal health in Tunisia with twin economic and social objectives.aACA[yen]

aACoeThe project has an economic dimension because animal health has an impact on domestic production and incomes of all actors of the sector, including farmers and a social scope because some animal diseases are also dangerous for humans,aACA[yen] she noted.

Mrs. Baeza said the project has reached its main goal since Tunisia aACoehas today a unique centre of expertise unique in the region and is able, according to recommendations of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), to make a preliminary assessment of potential risks in this area.aACA[yen]

Anissa Dhaouadi, also adviser of this twinning project called, in her speech, to continue capacity building of executives of the Tunisian Centre for Animal Health Watch and ensure the sustainability of achievements accomplished in the framework of this project initiated since January 2012.

Minister of Agriculture Lassd Lachl called on stakeholders in the animal health sector to co-ordinate their actions and communicate and exchange their know-how to improve and promote veterinary services.

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Date:Apr 17, 2014
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