Namibia: Biosafety Capacity Building Discussed

The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) recently hosted the NEPAD Agency African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE). ABNE is a biosafety resource network for African regulators and policy, with the delegation visited Namibia last week. The delegation met with the Executive Management Team of the NCRST, and made courtesy calls to the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Alfred van Kent; the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Forestry, Ms Sophia Kasheeta, and the Environmental Commissioner, Mr Teofilus Nghitila. The ABNE Delegation met with Technical experts within Biosafety legal framework, including stakeholders from Ministries of Finance; Agriculture, farmers unions, Millers and producers. The meeting covered aspects of Biosafety administration and decision making; risk assessment, risk management and risk communication; an overview of the ABNE service network and key areas of interventions in Africa; international and regional obligations and the progress in the sub regions; and discussed Namibia's needs in terms of Biosafety capacity building.

Source: Namibia Economist.