MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN
THE WORLD ORGANIZATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)
THE INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (IDB)
Adopted by the IDB on 18th July 2008 and by OIE on 4th August 2008
WHEREAS, the Inter-American Development Bank (hereinafter referred to as the “Bank”) is a public international organization, the purpose of which is to contribute to the acceleration of the process of economic and social development of its regional developing member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, individually and collectively;
WHEREAS, the World Organization for Animal Health (hereinafter referred to as the “OIE ) is a intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health worldwide . The OIE promotes animal health in the international trade of animals and their related products by issuing harmonized sanitary guidelines on certification and disease control methods and working to improve the resources and legal framework of the national veterinary services
OIE´s mission is to ensure transparency in the global animal disease situation , to collect, analyze and disseminate veterinary scientific information , to provide expertise and encourage international solidarity in the control of animal diseases , It is recognized as a reference organization by the World Trade Organization (WTO), within its mandate under the WTO SPS Agreement, to safeguard world trade by publishing health standards for international trade in animals and animal products , to improve the legal framework and resources of national Veterinary Services , and;
WHEREAS, the Bank and the OIE (hereinafter referred to as the “Parties”) wish to formalize a basis on which the Parties may explore opportunities for cooperation and collaboration on matters of common interest, and to render their respective activities more effective and beneficial;
NOW, THEREFORE, the Parties have agreed to enter into this Memorandum of Understanding (hereinafter referred to as the “MoU”) as follows:
ARTICLE 1: Objective
The objective of this MoU is to formalize a non-exclusive framework of cooperation and to facilitate collaboration between the Parties in providing assistance for programs and projects that foster cooperation among them, and particularly in supporting and promoting animal health systems in Latin America and the Caribbean . These and any other activities agreed to between the Parti es shall be subject to the respective internal objectives, functions, policies and procedures of the Parties.
ARTICLE 2: Areas of Cooperation
The Parties may, in particular, explore the possibility of cooperating in the following areas of activity:
2.1 Participation and collaboration by the Parties in the following areas of mutual interest:
a) Strengthening the capacity of interested Bank regional developing member countries to support veterinary and sanitary services;
b) Participating in activities aimed at combating animal diseases and improving the safety of food of animal origin;
c) Promoting an increased role for Bank regional developing member countries in the process of setting international standards related to veterinary and sanitary services; and,
d) Encouraging the utilization and application of international and guidelines standards of quality and evaluation of Veterinary Services for Bank regional developing member countries.
2.2 Exchange of information and consultation, as necessary and appropriate, in the interest of identifying additional areas in which, and the concrete activities for which, effective and practical cooperation may be possible as means of carrying out joint activities and programs within the framework of this MoU.
2.3 Any exchange of information between the Parties shall be subject to the internal policies and procedures of the respective organizations, including those policies for the hiring of consultants and other services.
2.4 Other related activities may also be agreed upon between the Parties from time to time, subject to each of the Parties’ internal policies and procedures.
ARTICLE 3: Obligations of the Parties
This MoU does not represent any commitment with regard to funding on the part of the Parties. Any such commitment shall be reflected in separate agreements that may be entered into by the Parties under this MoU. Furthermore, this MoU shall not represent any commitment on the part of either party to give preferred treatment to the other in any matter contemplated under this MoU or otherwise.
ARTICLE 4: Effectiveness, Amendment and Termination
4.1 This MoU shall enter into force on the date of its signature by both Parties and will remain in effect indefinitely unless terminated by either Party with a written notice to the other Party. No such termination shall affect contractual obligations already entered into by either Party under this MoU.
4.2 This MoU may be amended only by written consent of the Parties hereto.
ARTICLE 5: Channel of Communication and Notice
5.1 For the purpose of facilitating the implementation of the working arrangements to be established by the Parties of this MoU, the channel of communication for the Parties shall be:
For the Bank :
Inter-American Development Bank
Attn.: Héctor Malarín, Chief
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
For the OIE :
The World Organization for Animal Health
5.2 Either Party hereto may, by notice in writing to the other Party, designate additional representatives or substitute other representatives for those designated in Section 5.1 of this Article.
ARTICLE 6: Miscellaneous
Subject to the Bank’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of information, the Bank may make this MoU publicly available.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto, each acting through its duly authorized representative, have signed this Memorandum of Understanding in two (2) original counterparts in the English language, on the dates indicated below.
INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
Luis Alberto Moreno
Date: 18th July 2008
THE WORLD ORGANIZATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH
Date: 4th August 2008