NAMIBIA: SCIENCE COMMISSION HOSTS 20TH BIOSAFETY MEETING

The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, this week in Walvis Bay hosted the 20th annual Biosafety meeting for National Project Coordinators (NPCs) of the UNEP-GEF, for the implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks.

Delegates from more than ten African countries are attending. The meeting is used by national project coordinators as a platform to compare and synchronise notes to improve the efficiency of national biosafety frameworks.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony,. John Sifani, General Manager: Innovation, Technology and Development at the science commission, remarked; "The commission finds it important that implementation of our National Biosafety Framework is internationally benchmarked, yet locally relevant. As we embark on this process of implementing our respective Biosafety regulatory instruments, it is important that we take into consideration the view and aspiration of the African people.

It is our hope that participants in this meeting will learn best practices from each other for effective implementation of their respective National Biosafety Frameworks."

In the case of Namibia, the government has long recognized the importance of biotechnology and has acceded to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted by the Parties to that Convention.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK