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NigerNiger - Workshop of information and awareness of parlementarians on biosafety project Law
On monday 30 september 2019 was held in Gaweye hotel of Niamey a workshop on information and awareness of parlementarians on biosafety project Law titled fundamental principles of risk biotechnologic prevention in Niger.About 60parlementarians attend the workshop  The deputy president his excellency Mr Iro Sani us the chair of the meeting.
There  are 4 presentations:
Général review of biotechnologies un Africa  Dr Moussa Savadogo
Draft of national strategy Dr Dagna
Cartagena Protocole implementation Dr Gado Zaki
Presentation of biosafety project Law Mr Atte
The workshop IS sponsored by the African Dévelopment Agency NEPAD
It is a sucessful result and imput . The projet Law is expected to be adopted un october2019 during the current session of N ational parlement.
UruguayUruguay - Curso de trazabilidad molecular alimentaria con énfasis en detección, identificación y cuantificación de organismos genéticamente modificados en alimentos y sus materias primas
Curso teórico-práctico de trazabilidad molecular alimentaria con énfasis en detección, identificación y cuantificación de organismos genéticamente modificados en alimentos y sus materias primas (curso de Educación Permanente acreditable para PEDECIBA). Facultad de Ciencias, Montevideo;  28/10 al 1/11 (9 a 17hs). More...
Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoire - Troisième atelier national du projet BCH III
Dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du « Projet BCH 3 du PNUE-FEM pour le renforcement durable des capacités en vue d’une participation effective au Centre d’Echange pour la Prévention des Risques Biotechnologiques » le Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable, en collaboration avec l’ONU Environnement, a organisé l’atelier des gestionnaires de l’information sur le CEPRB/BCH.

Tenu du 3 au 4 septembre 2019, à la Tour D de la Cité Administrative à Abidjan-Plateau, l’atelier avait pour objectif de présenter aux participants les matériels de formation et l’utilité du CEPRB/BCH pour les institutions éducatives nationales et d’autres parties prenantes clés.

De manière spécifique l’atelier visait à instruire davantage les participants sur les procédures  de recherche/enregistrement d’information sur le portail central du CEPRB et leur présenter le tout nouveau site web national dédié à la biosécurité.
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MaliMali - Réception des moustiques génétiquement modifiés par le CNB.
Conformément à l’article 6 (alinéa 4) de l’arrêté No2019-1563/MEADD-SG du 21 juin 2019
Le Projet Target Malaria Mali au MRTC/FMOS/USTTB vient de réceptionner les moustiques génétiquement modifiés mâles stériles en présence du Comité National de Biosécurité(CNB) le 04 septembre 2019 à l’Aéroport International de Modibo KEITA de Senou.
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EgyptEgypt - Preparation of action plan for information communication mechanisms to spread public awareness, education and public participation (CEPA) in the implementation of the biosafety program for GMOs products in Egypt
Within the framework of the implementation of the fourth component of the Biosafety project, a plan of action for information communication mechanisms has been prepared to spread public awareness, education and public participation related to biosafety activities in Egypt More...
EgyptEgypt - Training workshop on handling, transport, packaging and identification of GMOs in entry ports was conducted for Customs during the period from 3-5 August 2018
Within the framework of the implementation of the capacity building program of the Biosafety project in Egypt, the training program was held to build the capacity of the customs officials  at the national level on handling, transport, packaging and identification of GMOs in entry ports More...
EgyptEgypt - Workshop For customs officials On procedures related to the transfer and handling of GM products
Within the framework of the realization of the first component of the project “Achieving a National Biosafety Framework in Egypt” for the development of an effective national functional system to regulate access to information related to GMOs, the project organized a workshop for customs officials to identify the current status of biosafety issues in Egypt International commitments as well as international developments in biotechnology and genetic products in Egypt. More...
EgyptEgypt - Interactive Workshop on Biosafety Information sharing for Decision Makers, Egypt
The Ministry of Environment and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), through Biosafety Project has organized an interactive workshop on the mechanisms and means of providing information related to biosafety in Egypt. More...
MalawiMalawi - Training on Hermes Instance to establish and Launch a National Biosafety Clearing House for Malawi
Under the BCH 3 Project, a one-day training for IT officers in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining was conducted on 17th August 2018 at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel, Blantyre. Training on using the Control Management System of the Hermes for creating and editing pages on the national website mw.biosafetyclearinghouse.net and using Hermes syntaxes, Xhtml language and JavaScript for further populating and customizing pages was conducted. The training was attended by 6 participants.
MalawiMalawi - SECOND STAKEHOLDER TRAINING ON BCH UNDER THE BCHIII PROJECT
Malawi conducted its second stakeholders training on BCH under BCHIII project from 19th to 20th August 2019. The training was attended by 15 participants drawn from the National Competent Authority (NCA) and other relevant institutions who are primary users of the BCH. The training was aimed at enhancing national capacity on how to use the BCH to effectively implement the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
Among others the following topics were covered:
• Genetic engineering concepts and terminologies
• Overview of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
 Interactive module on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
• Introduction to the Biosafety Clearing House
• introduction to the BCH central Portal
• finding information on the BCH
• the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress
• Country Status for Cartagena Protocol and the BCH
• Registering information on the BCH Central Portal
• Introduction to the BCH management Centre Authorized users
• Introduction to the BCH training materials
KenyaKenya - Notification for the 8th Annual Biosafety Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 13-16th August 2019
The National Biosafety Authority, Kenya which is the Competent National Authority in Kenya announces the dates of the 8th Annual Biosafety Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on 13-16th August 2019. More...
PhilippinesPhilippines - Strengthening Capacity for Biosafety of Risk Assessors
An empowerment of the country’s risk assessors in promoting an efficient and predictable biosafety regulatory system took place at the Acacia Hotel, Alabang, last June 3-7 2019. The activity is a continuing program on capacity building of those involved in the decision-making process on the utilization and management of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), as part of their mission to share the benefits of biotechnology to various stakeholders, through global sharing of knowledge and support to technology development, organized the activity, in partnership with the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP) and the Department of Agriculture (DA). The activity aims to enhance the knowledge and skills, particularly of the new set of risk assessors involved in the decision-making process in the conduct of risk assessment and risk management of GMOs given the fast-paced development and deployment of the  products of modern biotechnology.
Risk Assessors from the Competent National Authorities (CNAs) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), as well as representatives from public research institutions, were gathered to listen and participate in the discussions with the invited international biosafety experts, specifically on the issues and concerns governing the technology.
The program was brimming with appreciable activities from the presentations and discussions of relevant information on the best practices on environmental and safety assessment of GM crops, internationally accepted standards and Protocols, tools for information sharing, processes in ensuring the safe and responsible use of the technology, current global adoption of GM crops, laboratory demos and trade issues. Visit to GM research facilities was likewise carried out on the first day where participants were shown state of the art facilities where research and development of GM crops are being carried out.
The products of modern biotechnology, if regulated effectively, holds a promise as one of the tools to address food security. The Philippines, being one of the countries that ensure effective implementation of biosafety policies, coupled with continuing program for capacity enhancement for regulators surely gears to a promising future.

Julieta Fe L, Estacio
PDOIV, Department of Science and Technology
and Head Secretariat, National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines/DOST Biosafety Committee
National Focal Point, BCH