Held in the Hotel Marquis Reforma, in Mexico City on April 14-17, 2002, eighty delegates drawn from ten countries were in attendance. A wide array of topics was addressed and is reported in this extract from the procedings, which were conducted throughout in English and Spanish by means of simultaneous translations. Social events were held on the evenings of Sunday and Tuesday, April 14th and 16th.
Monday, April 15th.
Following introductory remarks from the outgoing President, Dr. Walter Woolf, the incoming President, Ms. Emma Stamper, and the association’s Mexico City director, Dr. Alberto Malda the delegates were welcomed to Mexico City and Mexico by the representative of the Secretaria de Turismo, Sra. Ana Compean Reyes Spindola, in an address that highlighted the various tourist zones in Mexico. $30 Million dollars have recently been invested in tourism in Mexico and a colorful and informative video was shown that described the natural and cultural treasures of the country from the Frontera Norte around Monterrey, to the Mundo Maya in the Yucatan.
The congress was then officially opened by Dr. Jose Luis Gallardo Nieto, Coordinator General de Ganaderia, whose address was designed to set the tone for the entire conference. Dr. Gallardo, in highlighting the increased volume of trade involving live animal transportation, wanted the delegates to note that Mexico was moving forward with all other leading countries in legislation that would bring dignity and comfort to live animals in transit. He was pleased that the AATA had decided to hold their 28th. Annual Congress in Mexico City and he brought greetings from the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture who could not be present today as he was attending another important meeting in Chile. The Secretary, however, was looking forward to learning of outcomes from this congress.
SESSION NO. 1: “GLOBAL TRADE AND INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS”
SESSION NO. 1A: “MEXICO’S AGRICULTURAL QUARANTINE CONTROL”
SESSION NO. 2: “DISEASE AS A GLOBAL TRADE BARRIER”
SESSION NO. 3: "GLOBAL PORT PRACTICES; TODAYS ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS”
SESSION NO. 4: “MEXICAN PROCEDURES FOR IMPORTING AND EXPORTING ANIMALS”
SESSION NO. 5: “DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY”
SESSION NO. 6: “EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROTOCOLS”
SESSION NO. 7: “WORKING GROUPS TO DEVELOP EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS FOR EACH SPECIES”
SESSION NO. 8: “TRAINING PLUS COMPETENCY EQUALS IMPROVED ANIMAL WELFARE”
SESSION NO. 9: “PRESENTATION OF EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS”
Aark Air International
Animal Port Houston
Dr. Alberto Malda Worldwide Animal Transportation
Crowe Livestock Underwriting
Darley Stud Management
Federal Express Corporation
Horse Service International BV
Instone Air Services
International Racehorse Transport
Intradco Cargo Services
Langeweg Livestock Services
Mersant International, Ltd.
Pet Air (Kansas City, MO)
Sea Air International Forwarders
Service Guido Latte
Cargolux Airlines International
Instone Air Services
The Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association International (IPATA)