NCRST and ABNE delegation dicuss biosafety

22 Jul 2016 07:40am
OSHAKATI, 22 JUL (NAMPA) - The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) hosted a delegation from the NEPAD Agency African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) last week.
The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is an economic development programme of the African Union and ABNE is a biosafety resource network for African regulators and policy whose overall goal is to enhance the capacity of African countries to build functional biosafety regulatory systems.
The ABNE delegation met with technical experts within the biosafety legal framework, including stakeholders from the ministries of finance; agriculture, farmers unions, millers and producers.
A media statement issued by NCRST on Wednesday said the aim of the meeting was to cover with these particular ministries and stakeholders aspects of biosafety administration and decision making; risk assessment, risk management and risk communication.
They also discussed an overview of the ABNE service network and key areas of interventions in Africa; international and regional obligations as well as the progress being made in the regions and also discussed Namibia’s needs in terms of biosafety capacity building.
Biosafety refers to safety measures applied to the handling of biologic materials or organisms with a known potential to cause disease in humans.
NCRST General Manager of Innovation and Technology Development John Sifani was quoted as saying one of the topics discussed was biosafety capacity building needs that stakeholders may require to implement a functional biosafety framework.
Sifani added that these discussions and consultations of the ABNE delegation with various stakeholders and the NCRST will pave the way for the drafting and eventual signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between NCRST and ABNE, as well as a subsequent implementation plan.