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The annual budget for VS operations appeared adequate. However, upon more detailed examination it demonstrated that shortfalls in vehicles and transportation expenses were being covered by salary lapse from the many unfilled vacant positions. The overall monthly distance allowances for vehicle use and the reimbursement amount for official use of private vehicles will need further examination.

The overall budget for the Central Veterinary Laboratory should also be examined. There is an adequate budget for salaries, although not fully staffed. However, there is a shortfall for maintenance and service contracts. The fact that revenues from services rendered must be returned to Treasury creates a shortfall in reagents and supplies. The more and better services are rendered by the laboratory, the greater the expense in reagents and supplies.

While the current zoning applied for freedom from FMD and CBPP is adequate to meet international market requirements, the VS of Namibia should reexamine their current policies to minimize the differences in governance between the two sides of the Veterinary Cordon Fence. The Fence does serve its purpose and has demonstrated through time to provide the guarantees for maintenance of FMD freedom and safe trading. However, resources should be identified to improve the governance of VS north of the Cordon Fence.

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Namibia PVS report version II 23012009

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