1. Biosafety Risk Assessment and Risk Communication Training Workshop
FAO Zambia Country Representative Mr. George Okech, during the official opening of the Biosafety Risk Assessment and Risk Communication Training Workshop, said “FAO recognizes that biotechnology potentially provides powerful tools for the sustainable development of agriculture, fisheries and forestry, as well as the food industry.”
Full Speech: Speech given by FAO Assistant Country Representative Mr Geoffrey Chomba on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Country Representative, Mr. George Okech.
2. Press Briefing: Statement by National Biosafety Authority Board Chairman Dr. Paul Zambezi
“Zambia does allow the products made from genetically modified organisms. The country has been allowing these products since 2015 after the establishment of the NBA and these are only allowed into the country after a risk assessment has been conducted to ascertain the safety of the products,” NBA Board Chairman Dr Paul Zambezi disclosed during a press briefing.
Full Speech: Statement by NBA Board Chairman Dr. Paul Zambezi
3. Risk Assessment Training Workshop
National Biosafety Authority Board Chairperson Dr. Paul Zambezi, during the close of the risk assessment training workshop at Cresta Golfview Hotel in Lusaka, said “Risk communication is very important in all sectors of life and for us as regulators of the genetically modified organisms in the country it is critical in that we cannot work effectively if we do not communicate well both internally and externally.”
4. Risk Assessment Training Workshop
NBA Registrar Mr. Lackson Tonga, during the official opening of the Risk Assessment training workshop at Cresta Golview Hotel in Lusaka, said NBA does not promote or prohibit any genetically modified organism but regulates all matters relating to genetically modified organisms.
5. The National Stakeholders Awareness Workshop on Biosafety Clearing House (BCH)
NBA Board Chairman Dr Paul Zambezi, during the official opening of the BCH II training in Lusaka, said “Zambia has set up a National Biosafety Clearing House. The aim of the Biosafety Clearing House is to promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation. In Zambia, the national focal point for the Biosafety Clearing House is the National Biosafety Authority.”
6. The Second National Stakeholders Awareness Workshop on Biosafety Clearing House III Training Workshop
NBA Registrar Mr Lackson Tonga, during the BCH III training workshop in Livingstone, disclosed that the National Biosafety Authority issued 24 permits for import and placing on the market products that may contain genetically modified organisms since 2015. The authority has also issued two research permits involving HIV vaccine and one on malaria.