Bamako, Mali

Dr Abdoulaye Niang appointed as OIE Regional Representative for Africa in Bamako

Abdoulaye Bouna Niang

Abdoulaye Bouna Niang

As from February 2008, Dr. Abdoulaye Bouna Niang has been officially appointed as OIE Regional Representative for Africa, in replacement of Dr. Samba Amadou Sidibé, who had led the Representation since its inception in 2000.

Dr. Sidibé, recipient of the 2008 OIE Gold Medal, has taken up his retirement but will continue to be actively involved in several commissions and advisory bodies in the field of animal health, in West Africa, and beyond.

Dr. Abdoulaye Bouna Niang was born in Tamba, Senegal in 1949, graduated in veterinary medicine in Cureghem (Anderlecht, Brussels) in Belgium in 1974 and went on to pursue an exceptionnal career in veterinary medicine and public administration.

While in charge of veterinary matters in Senegal as Director of the Animal Husbandry Department (Direction de l’Elevage), he was appointed official OIE delegate for Senegal in 1976 and was later elected President of the OIE International Committee in 2003. As Past President of the OIE, he sits on the Administrative Commission.

His ambition is to see all African veterinary services being considered as genuine global public goods, in compliance with the international standards, with sufficient means, good governance and legislative support.


All pictures (c) P. Bastiaensen  (oie) 2008.

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