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TITLE:  Nepad to set up advisory panel on biosafety
SOURCE: The Business Day, South Africa, by Tamar Kahn
        http://www.bday.co.za/bday/content/direct/
        1,3523,1395083-6078-0,00.html
DATE:   Jul 24, 2003

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Nepad to set up advisory panel on biosafety

CAPE TOWN The New Partnership for African Development (Nepad) is planning
to set up an advisory panel on biotechnology and biosafety to guide
African leaders through the controversial terrain of genetic engineering.

The panel will be charged with developing an African strategy on
biotechnology, including genetically engineered crops. The panel also
will attempt to harmonise biosafety regulations between African countries
to facilitate trade.

John Mugabe, science and technology adviser to Nepad and one of the
architects of the proposed panel, said it was critical for Africa to make
up its own mind on whether to adopt biotechnology.

"If Africa doesn't make a decision it is going to remain caught between
the US and Europe positions," he said, referring to the trans-Atlantic
war of words over the future of the technology.

The US wants the European Union to relax restrictions on the importation
of food products and animal feed with genetically engineered ingredients .

In southern Africa, the debate has recently focused on whether
biotechnology can improve food security in the region. The establishment
of the advisory panel would require approval from the Nepad steering
committee.

Mugabe said the composition of the panel had not yet been finalised, but
indicated that it would be a small multidisciplinary team of scientists,
representatives from civil society, industry, senior policy makers and
opinion leaders.




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Kleine Wiese 6
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Germany

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fax:    +49-531-5168747
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