Meeting between AUDA-NEPAD ABNE and Agence Nationale de Biosécurité in Burkina Faso

AUDA-NEPAD ABNE staff in Ouagadougou led by Dr Moussa Savadogo had a meeting with Agence nationale de biosécurité (ANB) team on 24 January, 2020, in ANB premises, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. ANB is the Burkina Faso national biosafety agency that governs all biosafety matters in the country.
The key objective of this meeting was to introduce to the new DG of ANB, Prof. Nicolas Barro, the ABNE team in Burkina Faso, the mandate given to the newly transformed African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) in general and particularly the mission of the ABNE programme under the Center of Excellence for Rural Resources and Food Systems.

Group picture of the participants; in the center, Dr Moussa Savadogo 4th from left and Prof. Nicolas Barro 5th from left.

During the meeting, Dr Savadogo highlighted the institutional transformation of AUDA-NEPAD and elaborated on the role ABNE in building functional biosafety regulatory systems in Africa. He also pointed out ABNE achievements in Africa so far and its priority interventions in Burkina Faso.
Prof. Barro thanked ABNE team for the visit and the meeting. “The working session we had was rich both in terms of strategic information, support and pragmatic advice as well. The challenge of modern biotechnologies for the development of Africa invites us to solidarity for concerted efforts for the development of the continent. Burkina has embarked on this journey in compliance with biosafety legal instruments.”

A view of ABNE team during the meeting. From left to right are Dr Moussa Savadogo, Mr Hudu Mogtari and Dr Olalekan Akinbo.

Prof. Barro also asked for more support from AUDA-NEPAD especially in terms of legal documents, decisions of the Heads of State of the AU and other relevant reports and statements.
On behalf of ABNE Director, Dr Jeremy Ouedraogo, Dr Savadogo assured Prof. Barro of ABNE commitment for Burkina Faso and its National Biosafety Agency, so as to consolidate the achievements and to make it a model especially in the area of biosafety for the other member states of the African Union.