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United Nations Environmental Programme
Regional Coordinator for Africa, Biosafety Division
Alex Owusu-Biney - Portfolio Manager (Biosafety)
Alex Owusu-Biney is the Regional Coordinator for Africa on Biosafety with UNEP's Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination (DGEF).
He supports countries in the African region through capacity building activities funded by GEF to meet obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. His main areas of focus are on the Development and Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks and providing advisory support on the Biosafety Clearing House Project. His areas of expertise include research, development and management in biotechnology and biosafety, science and technology policy issues and information management. Prior to joining UNEP, Alex was the National Biosafety Coordinator for Ghana and was the key facilitator/techincal advisor on the development of a draft biosafety framework for Ghana. He also reviewed several National Biosafety Frameworks including the Gambia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Rwanda and Mozambique to mention a few.
At least nine African countries have approved biosafety protocols since the report was published, says Alex Owusu-Biney, regional biosafety coordinator for Africa at the UN Environment Programme.
Owusu-Biney adds that it is important for biosafety capacity building to move forward "irrespective of the underlying philosophy or position on genetically modified organisms".
ICARDA Press Releases 2007
Seated from left to right are Dr Alex Owusu-Biney, Regional Coordinator for Africa, Biosafety Division of GEF, UNEP, Dr Fee Chon Chong, Manager of UNEP/GEF Projects on the Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks and Dr Kakoli Ghosh of Food and Agriculture Organization.
MyJoyOnline.com, Top stories - Ghana Ratifies Catagena Protocol On Biosafety
Mr Alex Owusu-Biney, National project Co-ordinator of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) on Development of National Biosafety Foundation for Ghana, said the protocol became legally binding as an international law on September 11, this year.The Catagena Protocol on Biosafety is a treaty that sets out a comprehensive regulatory system for ensuring the safe transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms across national borders.Speaking at a public forum organised by the National Bio-safety Committee in Kumasi, Mr Owusu-Biney said guidelines developed by the committee were being reviewed as part of the national bio-safety framework development process.He said the concern of the government to develop a bio-safety regime led to the establishment of a Technical Focal Point at the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission.Mr Owusu-Biney said currently, survey information was being captured into a national database on bio-safety in Ghana and that inventories of the surveyed information were being developed and would be published in the last quarter of the project, which ends in April 2004.