Message from the Director

Dr Jeremy T. Ouedraogo

Dr Jeremy T. Ouedraogo

Dear esteemed readers, partners, and stakeholders engaged in biosafety policy development and biosafety regulation in Africa, the ABNE website is yours!

Since the launch of our website, you have shown a growing interest in ABNE’s activity and progress reports and other publications shared through our web pages and social media platforms.

We wish to continue meeting your needs as we contribute to building a community of African citizens, and friends from abroad, who believe in harnessing science, technology and innovation for sustainable development and meeting the aspirations of the continent as espoused in the African Union Agenda 2063. “Africa’s development and prosperity will be attained through strategies for inclusive growth, job creation, increasing agricultural production; investments in science, technology, research and innovation…”.

Implementation of the second five-year phase of the ABNE project begun in January 2015. Building on the important milestones attained during the first phase, ABNE continues to achieve impact-oriented results across the continent with regards to increased functionality of biosafety regulatory frameworks.

Biosafety capacity building requires concerted efforts, and as an initiative of the NEPAD Agency, ABNE is providing leadership in coordinating the implementation of continental and regional priority biosafety programmes and projects. This is to ensure that AU member states are beneficiaries of technical cooperation and assistance from biotechnology and biosafety service providers in various strategic areas of intervention.

On behalf of Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, the NEPAD CEO, I wish to once more express the NEPAD Agency’s gratitude to our partners and all the people of Africa who trust us and are working with us as we strive to assist AU member states attain socio-economic transformation and regional integration through the sharing of best practices, and the fostering of partnerships and international cooperation.