History of the OIE in the Americas

1950

The first OIE Regional Office is created, located in the city of Caracas, Venezuela. This Office operated until 1979. Dr. Carlos Ruiz Martinez, Delegate to the OIE for Venezuela at that time, holds the position of Director of this office, as well as the Vice President of the OIE. Foto: Dr. Freire de Faria, President of the American Commission of the International Office of Epizootics, with his colleagues from the Brazilian Delegation, to Dr. Ruiz Martínez. Lima, Peru, 1971.

1962

The first OIE Regional Conference for the Americas is held in Mexico City. It establishes the creation of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas. Access the document that contains the main conclusions and recommendations of that meeting. Foto: Click on the image to see the document.

1966

En la ciudad de Caracas, Venezuela, se lleva adelante la Segunda Conferencia Regional de la OIE para las Américas. Foto: Grupo de participantes de la Segunda Conferencia Americana de la OIE. Caracas, Venezuela, 1966.

1998

In order to offer adapted services in the Region so that surveillance and control of animal diseases can be strengthened, the OIE Regional Office for the Americas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is established. It opens with the presence of the President of the OIE and several Delegates of the Region. Professor Emilio Juan Gimeno was the first OIE Regional Representative for the Americas. He led the process of formation of this Office and began a work of approach of the OIE to the countries of the Region. Foto: Opening ceremony.

2000

The Latin American Technical Committee for the Harmonization of the Registration and Control of Veterinary Medicines (COLMEVET), created in 1999, is now the American Committee for Veterinary Medicines (CAMEVET). Foto: Participants of the second Seminar on Harmonization of the Registration and Control of Veterinary Medicines, Bogotá, Colombia, 1993. The seminars had been taking place since before the formation of the Committee.

2004

After a brief period of transition under the direction of Dr. Flores, Dr. Luis O. Barcos takes over as the OIE Regional Representative for the Americas to date. Dr. Barcos continues the work carried out by his predecessors and carries out numerous activities in line with the strategic plan of the OIE. Foto: Dr. Luis Osvaldo Barcos, OIE Regional Representative for the Americas.

2005

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the first meeting of the Regional Steering Committee of the GF TADs is held, which is a joint initiative between the OIE and FAO for the fight against transboundary animal diseases, signed in 2004. Foto: 1- Dr. Jorge Amaya, President of SENASA Argentina; Dr. Joseph Domenech, Chief of the Animal Health Service of FAO; Ing. Miguel Campos, Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina; Dr. Bernard Vallat, Director General of the OIE; Dr. Luis Barcos, OIE Regional Representative for the Americas.

2006

The OIE Sub-Regional Representation for Central America is created with headquarters in Panama City, Republic of Panama. This Sub-regional office reports directly to the OIE Regional Representation for the Americas, and its functions are carried out in coordination and according to the program of activities of the Regional Representation. Dr. José Joaquín Oreamuno Toledo, from Costa Rica, assumes as the first OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Central America until 2010. Foto: Dr. José Joaquín Oreamuno Toledo, first OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Central America.

2011

Dr. Filiberto Frago Santamaría, a native of Panama, holds the position of Sub-Regional Representative of the OIE for Central America until 2013. Foto: Dr. Filiberto Frago Santamaría.

2012

During the 23rd OIE Regional Conference for the Americas, held in Barbados, the Regional Animal Welfare Strategy was approved. Click on the photo to access it.

2014

Dr. Montserrat Arroyo Kuribreña, of Mexican nationality, becomes the OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Central America. Foto: Dra. Montserrat Arroyo Kuribreña

2017

After a brief transition in which the function is exercised by Dr. Mirtha Gímenez, from Paraguay, Dr. Emerio Serrano Ramírez, a native of Cuba, assumes as the new OIE Sub Regional Representative for Central America. Click on the photo to know more about your arrival at the Sub Regional Office. Foto: Dr. Emerio Serrano Ramírez, OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Central America.