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BTSF World Lot 5 – Panama Workshop


Date: 12 -15 April 2016

Location: Panama city – Panama


The workshop is intended to provide effective tools to trainees, enabling them to:

–        Promote good animal health and welfare practices, which address SPS requirements and support sustainability of domestic production;

–        Ensure that animal health policies are designed and implemented taking account of the economic contribution made by different production sectors, including large intensive enterprises, family farms and small holdings;

–        Raise awareness of the ethical, production and trade benefits achieved through the adoption of EU and international animal welfare standards.



Brucellosis is an important disease present in both cattle and small ruminants, having a severe impact on public health and animal production. Control programmes for Brucellosis provide a useful model for the control of other enzootic diseases in livestock that are important for international trade. The disease is the focus of increasing attention in several Latin American countries, with national programmes being developed.

The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for the veterinary services in invited countries to update themselves on the situation within the region and to learn about control and eradication strategies, including those applied in the European Union.

The main topics to be addressed during the workshop are:

–        Strategies for disease surveillance and laboratory diagnosis

–        Brucellosis control and eradication programmes, including the role of vaccination

–        Disease prevention and the role of biosecurity

–        Public health risks and food safety measures

–        Engagement with stakeholders and raising public awareness

The theoretical part of the workshop will be backed by practical training and by a field visit to the Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory of the Ministry of Agricultural and Livestock Development of Panama.

Participants will be encouraged to assess their own disease surveillance and control systems with a view to developing action plans for progressive improvement of the SPS frameworks in their countries.



Participants will be selected by the Competent Authorities in cooperation with the EEAS. Countries invited to attend are: Bolivia, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela.


Participant selection

Participants should have the following requirements:

  • Government official at central or local level
  • Experience in planning, implementing or executing animal disease eradication programmes in livestock
  • Fluent in Spanish


The following qualifications will represent an additional asset:

–        Experience in eradication programme management, and/or;

–        epidemiology, and/or;

–        laboratory diagnosis of bacterial disease, and/or;

–        stakeholder management and public awareness campaigns



Participants will be requested to commit themselves to disseminate the knowledge received via different dissemination methods, i.e. informing colleagues about the information received at the training, distributing (photocopying or sending via electronic way) the training materials among their colleagues, preparing informative articles in the professional national or, if possible, in international journals, preparing presentations based on the training materials for the staff of national Competent Authorities or other disseminating methods which could be appropriate to share the information received via the BTSF training. During the course participants will be provided with a training package to be used as supporting dissemination material..


 Travel arrangements

The event organiser will make all necessary arrangements for flight-transfers (in economy class) or train/bus-transfers (in first class), as appropriate, including transfers to/from the airport and bus/rail stations, from the capital city of the Member State to and from Asuncion.


Accommodation, venue facilities and travel arrangements.

The workshop will be held in the Royal Sonesta Hotel Panama

The project will cover the entire cost of the workshop for participants, which includes:

–        full board accommodation, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks

–        travel expenses including flight to/from Panama (economy) and transfer to/from the airport to place of training


Arrival is foreseen on the 11th of April with departure on the 15th or 16th, according to flight schedules.

The workshop will be held in Spanish.

Access to internet is provided in the conference rooms and throughout the hotel. A photocopy machine, telephone and fax facilities are also at the disposal of participants.

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