1. Speech By Dr. Paul Zambezi, National Biosafety Authority Board Chairperson during the Official Opening of the Guidelines and Regulations Consultative Workshop
“As you may be aware, the mandate of the National Biosafety Authority is to regulate research, development, import, export, contained use and release or placing on the market of any genetically modified organism whether intended for release into the environment, for use as a pharmaceutical, food, feed, processing or, product of a genetically modified organism.
You may also be alive to the fact that gene modification in Zambia has remained and continues to be a sensitive matter in our Country – notwithstanding the existence of the relevant policy and legal frameworks.” says Dr. Paul Zambezi, Board Chaiperson, National Biosafety Authority.
2. Speech By Dr. Kennedy Malama Ministry of Health (MoH) Permanent Secretary during the MoU signing
“The objectives of this memorandum of understanding we are signing today is that the Ministry of Health will provide the National Biosafety Authority with support staff at the ports of entry to be able to perform some of the National Biosafety Authority functions. This will ensure that there is a close monitoring of any products that may contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) starting from the points of entry, both inland and at the border points across the Country” says Dr. Kennedy Malama, PS. Ministry of Health.
3. The MoU Signing Ceremony between the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) and the Ministry of Heath (MoH) Zambia
National Biosafety Authority (NBA-Zambia) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Health (MoH). The MoH will provide public health inspectors located at the selected ports of entry (who will be trained) to carry out inspections on behalf on NBA.
4. 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.
5. 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
6. 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.”
7. 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.
8. 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.”
9. 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.