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Panorama Around the worldFostering public–private partnerships at the national and regional levels

Around the world Posted on 2019-08-08 13:07:26

Fostering public–private partnerships at the national and regional levels

A key step in building capacity for safe temporary importations of competition horses


Morgane Dominguez(1), Neo J. Mapitse(1)*, Wael Sakhraoui(1), Göran Akerström(2), Roland Devolz(3), John McEwen(2), Brian Stewart(4) & Kenneth Lam(4)

(1) Status Department, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
(2) International Equestrian Federation (FEI), Lausanne, Switzerland.
(3) International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
(4) Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

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The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) support sub-regional workshops to facilitate temporary importations of competition horses at the regional level. These workshops target countries engaged in international equestrian sports and racing, and bring together representatives of Veterinary Authorities, National Equestrian Federations, National Horseracing Authorities and Customs Administrations.

Workshops are a key opportunity for these stakeholders to discuss and agree upon priority actions in developing their capacity to allow safe temporary importations of competition horses from throughout their region. Since 2017, such workshops have been held in southern Africa, Central America, South America, Asia and the Pacific, North Africa and the Middle East.

Successfully developing the capacity to support safe temporary importations of competition horses can only come from close collaboration between the public sector and the equine industry. These workshops foster collaboration and practical action and the impetus gained during these meetings must then be sustained at both the national and regional levels.

OIE-IHSC workshop
Group work at the OIE–IHSC workshop, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2017. © Göran Akerström

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