Gaborone, Botswana

New OIE Representative for Southern Africa appointed (Dr Moetapele Letshwenyo)

Moetapele Letshwenyo

Botswana Moetapele Letshwenyo

The Director-General of the OIE has today appointed Dr. Moetapele Letshwenyo as new OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Southern Africa, based in Gaborone, Botswana. This appointment follows the appointment of Dr. Neo Mapitse, the current Representative, as Deputy-Head of the OIE Animal Health Information Department in Paris.


Dr. Moetapele Letshwenyo. Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2011

Our new colleague is a national of Botswana, veterinarian (BVMS), graduated from the Veterinary School of the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), followed by a Masters’ degree (MSc) in Preventative Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) awarded by the University of California, Davis, USA.

A former Delegate to the OIE from 2008 to 2009, and former Director of the Botswana Department of Veterinary Services, Dr Letshwenyo was until a few days ago, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture of Botswana.

He was a Member of the OIE Ad-Hoc Group on Commodities (2008 to 2013) and Member of the OIE Ad-Hoc group on FMD (2009 to 2013). For his outstanding services to veterinary science, he was the recipient of the 2013 OIE Meritorious Award Moetapele Letshwenyo can be contacted at : [email protected]

The Botswana Deputy Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, former OIE Delegate and member of the OIE ad hoc group on Official Country FMD Status, Dr Moetapele Letshwenyo (left) receiving the Medal of Merit from the OIE President, Dr Karin Schwabenbauer (right). Picture (c) D. Mordzinski (oie) 2013.

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