Biotech Updates

Second National Biosafety Conference Held in Kenya

August 14, 2013

The Second Annual Biosafety Conference was held from August 5 to 9, 2013 in Kenya. The conference brought together diverse stakeholders in various fields of policy, biotechnology, biosafety and biosecurity, research, agriculture, public and animal health, environment, and communication under one Conference theme "Biosafety Advocacy for Realization of Vision 2030".

The conference was also attended by parliamentarians and scientists from Uganda, regulators from the Zambian National Biosafety Authority (NBA) and other representatives from Uganda, Tanzania, New Zealand and United States of America. Participants at the conference discussed the status of GMO commercialization, prevailing concerns about GMOs as well as the global status of the regulation of GMOs.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Education Cabinet Secretary, Kenya's Deputy President, His Excellency William Ruto encouraged regulators and scientists to continue their awareness efforts on GMOs noting that this was the most effective way to ensure the public does not misunderstand the subject.

For more information on the NBA conference, contact the NBA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Will Tonui at