OIE International Committee succeeds in bringing China and
Taiwan to fully participate together in the organization's activities

The 169 Member Countries of the World Organisation for
Animal Health (OIE) that gathered in Paris for the 75th
General Assembly of the organization, voted on the
restoration of the exercise of the rights and obligations of
the People's Republic of China to the OIE.

Taiwan maintains its participation to the organization. The
OIE has been asked by the vote of its Member Countries
to refer to it under the new name of “Chinese Taipei”.

“This is a historical vote for our organization”, the Director
General of the OIE, Dr Bernard Vallat commented.
“Nowadays, an effective control of animal diseases,
including zoonosis, requires more and more transparent
information and cooperation from Member Countries. The
international community cannot afford to have gaps in the
management of sanitary information and counting both
Taiwan and China among our active Members will further
improve the animal disease situation in the world”, he
added.

China had become a member of the OIE in 1992 but had
not been fully participating to its work due to the presence
in the organization of Taiwan , which joined the OIE in
1954.

With this vote, the OIE becomes one of the first and few
international organizations whose members have facilitated
and reached an agreement to have both China and
Chinese Taipei as active members.

Background information

As of May 2007 the OIE totals 169 Member Countries with
Fidji Islands having joined the organization during this 75
th General Session.

The International Committee of the OIE comprises all the
Delegates and meets at least once a year. The General
Session of the International Committee lasts five days and
is held every year in May in Paris .

Voting by Delegates within the International Committee
respects the democratic principle of 'one country, one
vote'.

The main functions of the International Committee are:

to adopt international standards in the field of animal
health, especially for international trade;

to adopt resolutions on the prevention and control of the
major animal diseases;

to elect the members of the governing bodies of the OIE
(President and Vice-President of the Committee, Members
of the technical, administrative and regional Commissions);
to appoint the Director General of the OIE;

to examine and approve the annual report of activities and
the financial report of the Director General and the annual
budget of the OIE;

to vote resolutions regarding all policies of the organization.

                                                                                              25 May 2007
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