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Levels of advancement

I­4

Technical independence

1.

The technical decisions made by the VS are

The capability of the VS to carry out their duties with autonomy and free from commercial, financial, hierarchical and political influences that may affect technical decisions in a manner contrary to the provisions of the OIE (and of the WTO SPS Agreement where applicable).

generally not based on scientific considerations.

2.

The technical decisions take into account the

scientific evidence, but are routinely modified to conform to nonscientific considerations. 3. The technical decisions are based on scientific evidence but are subject to review and possible modification based on nonscientific considerations. 4. The technical decisions are based only on scientific evidence and are not changed to meet non

scientific considerations.

5.

The

technical

decisions

are

made

and

implemented in full accordance with the country’s OIE obligations (and with the country’s WTO SPS Agreement obligations where applicable).

Results Strengths : Internal decision making through welltrained and competent professionals Weaknesses : Heavy influence by the export related private sector on the prioritization of VS activities Supporting documentation (documents or photos): A guide to Livestock Traceability in Namibia Version 1.01 March 2007 Role and Functions of the Meat Board of Namibia Tracking Down From Assured Namibian Meat Introducing Namibia´s red meat industry Detailed findings during visit: Laboratory equipment and analyses: Most testing and sample analyses in the CVL are focused almost strictly on exports e.g. BSE, residues, salmonella etc. The most modern equipment in the CVL is exportrelated.

Meat Hygiene: The Veterinary Services are only involved in the inspection of export abattoirs, not on local and municipal abattoirs for local consumption.

Priorities/Recommendations Short Term :

Medium / Long Term :

Encourage and facilitate participation by other production sectors (communal system) Need to establish dialogue with Ministry of Health in order to harmonize meat inspection on all Namibian abattoirs.

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