GMO Insight July Proof
- Created on Monday, 02 July 2012 05:13
African Biosafety Regulators urged to strengthen links
NEPAD Agency African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE), in collaboration with AfricaBio, hosted a group of regulators and journalists, from 12 African countries in Pretoria, South Africa, from 10 - 18 May 2012.
The event was attended by biosafety regulators from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia and host country South Africa.
In his opening and welcome speech to the regulators, Mr Samuel Timpo from African Biosafety Network of Expertise(ABNE) stated that in the efforts to harmonize national biosafety regulations across Africa, the links between national regulatory authorities and key stakeholders must be strengthened.
Biosafety laws were critical for every functional regulatory system but most African countries that signed up to the Cartagena Protocol had not established regulatory systems. The absence of biosafety regulations, limited capacity and limited access to accurate information, have been identified as the critical limitations to the growth of biotechnology said experts at the event.
This visit was able to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience amongst regulators from countries with new and emerging biosafety systems and countries such as South Africa that has a developed biosafety system.