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Regional Program on Biosafety Launched in West Africa

June 26, 2009

The West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) has launched a regional biosafety program called the PRB-UEMOA. It is supported by the World Bank and has been established following the need of UEMOA member countries (Burkina Faso, Togo, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Benin and Mali) to have a centralized system of regulation for the development and rapid expansion of modern biotechnology activities in the West Africa sub-region. It envisages instituting and implementing a common institutional and legal framework for the whole region and will also facilitate member countries to honor the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Though initiated in 2007, the three-year program was officially launched on 17th June 2009 by His Excellency the Minister of Environment and Sanitation of Mali, Prof. Sangaré Tiémoko.  The Malian Ministers in charge of Promotion of the Family and Child and representatives of the Ministers of Environment, Agriculture and Finance of the UEMOA member states were also present in the launching.

For more information contact : Mali BIC Coordinator Dr. Mohamed N'diaye, mohamedndiaye1@yahoo.fr mohamedndiaye1@yahoo.fr