Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa

USAID renews its commitment and partnership with FAO to fight avian and pandemic influenza in Egypt

A high-level USAID delegation visited Egypt from 24 to 26 March, to review key achievements of the Avian and Pandemic Influenza (API) Program and identify future strategic directions to continue to fight Avian and Pandemic Influenza in the country.

The delegation consulted with relevant national organizations, international partners and representatives of the Egyptian private sector, in view of the recommendations formulated by the USAID API program evaluation carried out in December 2012.

FAO Regional Office for the Near East (RNE) hosted the consultative meetings thus facilitating dialogue among partners and stakeholders.

At the term of the mission, USAID commended the technical and strategic leadership that FAO provided through its Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) during the last six years, despite the various challenges related to the political and social changes taking place in the country.

FAO/ECTAD has been acting as technical partner able to provide stakeholders with a neutral and highly specialized platform where information could be regularly shared and strategic actions coordinated.

“We are proud of the fruitful and solid partnership established with USAID that enabled FAO to provide critical technical assistance to our Egyptian partners” said Mr. Abdessalam OuldAhmed, FAO Regional Representative for the Near East, in his wrap up speech at the end of the mission.

Mr. Dennis Carroll, head of the delegation, announced that USAID will continue to support the API program in Egypt in identified key strategic areas and in line with the animal health and sustainable livelihood strategy. The head of the delegation reiterated his appreciation to the FAO technical contribution to the program adding that USAID “will count much on the continued ECTAD/FAO role in providing strategic and technical leadership in future USAID API programs in Egypt”.