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ECOWAS adopt plan for biotechnology development

Posted by African Press International on March 31, 2007

Accra (Ghana) The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the end of its third ministerial conference on March 27 – 30 in Accra, adopted Friday evening an action plan for biotechnology development, in line with the general agricultural policy aimed at reviving the agricultural sector of the sub-region, the special correspondent of APA has noted.

The objective of the action plan is to “contribute in a sustainable way to people’s food security, to economic and social development and to reducing poverty in member countries”.

In order to reach that goal, activities were classified within three main operational chapters.

According to the final statement of the conference, the point is to develop biotechnology in the ECOWAS area “in order to improve productivity, agricultural competition and manage genetic resources in a sustainable way”.

The other two operational lines relate to the regional approach of bio-security and the implementation of a steering, monitoring and evaluation mechanism.

At that level, ECOWAS ministers insisted on the necessity to implement a communication strategy aimed at sensitizing actors, decision makers and the civil society on the advantages of biotechnology and biodiversity.

The implementation of the action plan, according to ECOWAS’ estimates, will cost about US$26 million over five years of implementation.

The next ministerial meeting on biotechnology is slated for June 2008 in Cote-d’Ivoire.

Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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