African Delegates to COP-MOP 6 Hold Preparatory Meeting
A preparatory meeting in Pretoria-South Africa for Africa's delegates to COP-MOP 6 ended August 29, 2012 with delegates resolving to move forward with biotechnology applications of priority to Africa as well as to create a framework where Africa can exploit the knowledge and experiences from elsewhere.
Delegates from 15 African countries which are signatories to Cartagena Protocol participated in the meeting. They also reviewed the agenda items scheduled for discussions during COP-MOP 6 in October and came up with positions and proposals under each agenda. It was also resolved that delegates should utilize the outputs, insights and outcomes from the preparatory meeting to come up with concrete positions in time for COP-MOP 6.
The meeting was organized by the AU-NEPAD Agency Africa Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE), Government of the Republic of South Africa, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Africabio, the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS), Public Research and Regulation Initiative (PRRI) and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) AfriCenter.
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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)