New Director General of Burkina Faso’s National Biosafety Agency paid a courtesy call on AUDA-NEPAD office in Ouagadougou

Professor Nicolas Barro, new DG of the National Biosafety Agency (ANB) in Burkina Faso, paid a courtesy call on the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD node in Ouagadougou, on 18 September, 2019. He was welcomed by Dr Moussa Savadogo, AUDA-NEPAD Principal Programme Officer and Coordinator of the Ouagadougou node.

From left to right are Dr Moussa Savadogo and Pr Nicolas Barro during their meeting

In a short meeting, Dr Savadogo and his host discussed priority biosafety issues in Burkina Faso, in Africa and globally . Dr Savadogo gave an overview summary of the new structure of AUDA-NEPAD and emphasized on the need to work together to achieve the priority aspirations using science and technology as a key driver, and policy advisory services. Together, they also explored how to maintain and strengthen the partnership between their two offices for increased effectiveness of activities of common interest on the ground. To that effect, Prof Barro was given AUDA-NEPAD’s recent publications including the important reports and recommendations of the African Union’s High Level Panel on Emerging Technologies (APET).
Pr Nicolas Barro was appointed Director General of ANB by the Government in Burkina Faso last month. He took office on 5 November, 2019 and replaced Pr Chantal Yvette ZOUNGRANA / KABORE, who has just retired after about 11 years services as head of the Agency.
Prior to joining ANB, Prof. Barro was Vice-president in charge of Curricula and Pedagogical Innovations at “Universite Joseph Kizerbo Ouaga I”, since October 2012. He is a renowned scientist, Food safety Specialist and Full Professor of Biochemistry, Microbiology / Virology. He was awarded the rank of Knight of the International Order of Academic Palms by “Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Superieur” (CAMES) on 13 November, 2019.