The contract for the twinning project on ‘Animal Disease Monitoring and Control Policies and Practices in Egypt' was signed on 19 August 2008 by the General Organisation for Veterinary Services (GOVS), affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation and The Netherlands' Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. This twinning project is worth 1,600,000 Euros and its implementation phase will take 24 months.
The overall objective of the project is to enhance animal and human health in Egypt and increase the contribution of the livestock sector to the Egyptian economy.
The primary project activities are institutional reform and legislative change in alignment with the acquis communautiare. Further activities include surveillance and contingency planning, strategic assistance to facilitate improvements in and acceleration of the I&R programme, and human resource development, focusing on training needs assessments and overseas study tours.