During the WHO summit in June 2014 in The Hague, minister for Agriculture Dijksma, in response to a request of the DG of the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, agreed to assist in strengthening the Indonesian antimicrobial resistance (AMR) program.
Minister of Agriculture Suswono requested in his letter of 14 July 2014 to minister Dijksma to provide for technical assistance in AMR risk reduction, especially in the following activities:
- Design and implementation of national and regional policies - Establishment of better surveillance, monitoring and supervision systems in the use of antibiotics for the livestock industry,
- Public awareness for the communities and professionals In her reply of 17 October 2014 minister Dijksma suggested to organise a joint identification mission with the aim to present recommendations for a manageable and feasible support programme.
In addition to this she proposed to make further agreements about the identification mission at the meeting of the 17th Working Group on Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry which was held at 19 November 2014. The concept terms of reference for an identification mission was discussed and agreed on at the Indonesian Dutch Veterinary Expert meeting of 19 November 2014. Parties stated that they are looking forward to the cooperation in this important field. This document describes the main considerations and encompasses the terms of reference for the identification mission. We suggest that when both parties can agree on this version, arrangements should start to, set up the identification mission.
For a country like Indonesia where the need for cost-effective livestock production is considerable, it is of utmost importance to prioritize the opportunities for support and improvement by the Indonesian government and livestock industry. During the WHO summit in June 2014 in The Hague, minister for Agriculture Dijksma, in response to a request of the DG of the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, agreed to assist in strengthening the Indonesian antimicrobial resistance (AMR) program.