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Part II: Conduct of the Evaluation

Introduction on the use of the PVS tool

Experience has shown that countries are more credible in the eyes of their stakeholders, trading partners and other countries, when the focus of their VS have developed around four fundamental components: 1) Human and financial resources to attract resources and retain professionals with technical and leadership skills; 2) Technical capability to address current and new issues based on scientific principles; 3) Sustained interaction with stakeholders in order to stay on course and carry out relevant joint programmes and services; and 4) The ability to access markets through compliance with existing standards and the implementation of new disciplines such as the harmonisation of standards, equivalence and zoning. The evaluation of the VS of a Member country is performed in accordance with the provisions of Chapters 3.1. and 3.2. of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code, using the OIE Tool for the Evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services (OIE PVS Tool) as a guide. The four mentioned fundamental components comprise the basic structure of the OIE PVS tool. The PVS tool helps establish the current level of performance of the Veterinary Services of a country, form a shared vision, establish priorities and develop strategic initiatives. Six to twelve critical competencies have been elaborated for each of the four fundamental components. For each critical competency, qualitative levels of advancement are described. A higher level of advancement assumes that the VS are complying with the preceding levels (i.e. level 3 assumes compliance with level 2 criteria; level 5 assumes compliance with level 4 and preceding criteria; etc.). In addition to the qualitative levels, provision has been made in each critical competency to expand upon or clarify responses, if so desired. For each critical competency, the evaluation team (which has been trained and certified by the OIE) will use a list of suggested indicators. More than an assessment mechanism, the PVS tool promotes a culture of raising awareness and continual improvement, which can be used either passively or actively depending on the level of interest, priorities and commitment of the VS and its stakeholders. In the passive mode, the PVS tool helps to raise awareness and improve the understanding of all sectors including other administrations regarding the fundamental components and critical competencies VS must have in order to

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Namibia PVS report version II 23012009

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