This position announcement is issued by The Forum for African Animal Resources (FAAR) and pertains to the upcoming election of the 8th Director-General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) during its 91st General Session in Paris. It highlights the absence of an African candidate and urges African Chief Veterinary Officers to advocate for the appointment of an African specialist as Deputy Director-General. With initiatives like the PPR Global Eradication Programme underway, there is an opportunity for African countries to enhance their livestock industries and engage in international trade by improving sanitary standards and veterinary services, thus addressing global issues like climate change.

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