Liberia has been admitted as a member of the World Organization for Animal Health at the organization's 82nd Session in Paris, France.
A dispatch from Paris said more than 850 dignitaries were in attendance.
Liberia's membership got an overwhelming endorsement after submission of its application two years ago.
Also admitted into the organization as one of its newest members was the Republic of South Sudan.
Making Liberia's case at the session, a delegation headed by Deputy Agriculture Minister Seklau Wiles pledged Liberia's commitment to the aspirations of animal health treatment and prevention as well as Liberia's determination to fight animal related diseases.
The delegation, which included Mr. Joseph Anderson of the Ministry of Agriculture and Ms. Raddie Perry of the Liberian Embassy in Paris also disclosed that through training workshops and capacity building, the country has made impact in the areas of veterinary products, vet legislation, livestock protection as well as making sure that Liberia complies with all conventions of the organization.
At the same time, the Liberian delegation also disclosed that the Minisrtry of Health has provided scholarships to graduate students in the areas of Epidemiology, Microbiology, Parasitology and Animal Nutrition, among others.
The delegation also disclosed at the session, that through a European Union and African Union grant, Liberia's Central Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is to soon become one of the World Organization for Animal Health approved regionally recognized Laboratory for Bee Health in West Africa.
The President of the World Organization for Animal Health, Dr. Karin Schwabenbauer, welcomed the new members to the world body and stressed the need for intersectoral collaboration to tackle the new challenges linked to the control of diseases of animal-human-ecosystem interface on a global scale.
The Assembly set up various teams of experts for making risk analyses and performing studies aimed at addressing these various animal related diseases worldwide.