|dc.description.abstract||The European Commission supported the continent-wide fight against rinderpest, through the
Pan African Rinderpest Campaign (PARC), which ended on 31 October 1999, after thirteen
years of successful implementation. Eritrea participated in the PARC from 1993 and by June
1999, the country had declared provisional freedom from rinderpest. Implementation of
PARC Eritrea ended in December 1999. The final report on PARC Eritrea was submitted to
the Delegation of the European Commission in Eritrea at the end of 1999. The national
livestock Promotion Project funded from the national indicated budget is still continuing
expected to terminate in year 2000.
The European Union and the Organization of African Unity (OAU) have developed a new
programme, the Pan-African Programme for the Control of Epizootics (PACE). The PACE
Programme will build on the achievements of PARC to finally eradicate rinderpest and to set
up a Pan-African network for the control of epizootics.
A Memorandum of Understanding, between the Regional Authorizing Officer of the
European Development Fund (EDF) for the PACE Programme and the National Authorizing
Officer of the EDF in Eritrea, was signed on 12 April 2000 for the sum of Euro 1, 329, 310.
This indicative sum will be used to fund Eritrea's activities under its National PACE
Programme, which is described in the Global Plan. The PACE Advisory Committee endorsed
Eritrea's Global Plan at its first meeting in March 2000.
Through the PACE Programme, the OAU/IBAR will offer a range of common technical
services to the national PACE programmes. A team of regionally based technical assistants
will deliver these Common Services. The team's areas of expertise include:
• Wildlife epidemiology
• Legislation and privatization
• Veterinary vaccines and laboratory diagnostics
• Community-based animal health workers
Other Common Services will include financial control, research and environmental