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National Biotechnology Strategy. DST. Department of Science and Technology. Public Hearings (14/04/2003) : GMs & the Biotech Strategy. Objective of the strategy Implementation framework National Development Imperatives Public consultation process. DST. BACKGROUND.

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Department of science and technology

National

Biotechnology

Strategy

DST

Department of

Science and Technology


Public hearings 14 04 2003 gms the biotech strategy

Public Hearings (14/04/2003): GMs & the Biotech Strategy

  • Objective of the strategy

  • Implementation framework

  • National Development Imperatives

  • Public consultation process

DST


Background

BACKGROUND

Biotechnology and ….

  • Contribution to development & economic growth

  • Contribution to an improved quality of life

  • Environmental rehabilitation & conservation

  • Food security

  • Cabinet Decsion on a National Strategy

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National development imperatives

National Development Imperatives

  • Accelerated economic development

  • sustainable development for poverty alleviation

  • Rural development

  • Small business development

  • Human Resource Development

  • Black economic empowerment

  • Infrastructure development

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Objective of the strategy

Objective of the Strategy

To inform government and other role players about the steps that need to be taken for biotechnology to have a positive socio-economic impact

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The national biotechnology strategy

The National Biotechnology Strategy

Addresses the primary means by which government can influence developments…

  • The legal and regulatory framework

  • Institutional arrangements

  • Evaluation, monitoring & communication instruments

  • Creation of new infrastructure

  • Development of research capacity

  • Development of business ventures

  • Funding mechanisms

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Implementation framework

Implementation Framework

  • Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centres

  • National Bioinformatics Facility

  • NACI Biotechnology Advisory Committee

  • NACI Bioethics Committee

  • Special Biotechnology Studies/Investigations

  • Legislative & Regulatory actions

  • Public Understanding of Biotechnology

  • ICGEB membership

  • Biological Resource Organisations Network

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National biotechnology strategy r d and technologies

Diagnostic tools

Drugs and vaccines

Disease detection

Nutritional content

Toxicity

DNA fingerprinting

disease resistance

Improved crop yields

Environmental impact

Bioremediation

Energy consumption

Carbon dioxide emissions

Industrial Bioprocessing techniques

Minerals exploration

Minerals processing

National Biotechnology Strategy:R&D and Technologies

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National biotechnology strategy hrd needs

Molecular Biology

Bioinformatics

Information Technology

Engineering

Statistics

Genetic Epidemiology

Business Management

Product Development

Legal Practice

National Biotechnology Strategy:HRD needs

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Public consultation process

Public Consultation Process

  • 182 people attended the information sessions

  • Total responses 87

  • Only 14% not in support, but in opposition to GMOs not the strategy

  • Recommendations for fast-tracking HR endorsed

  • Strong concerns that funding inadequate

  • Commercialisation aspect to be strengthened

  • Assessment of economic impact of GMOs on export markets

  • Ethics, Safety and IPR inadequately dealt with

  • Public understanding not to be achieved through indoctrination but through objective education

  • Community upliftment and sme development

  • Process issues

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Progress to date

Progress to date

  • 3 BRICs established: BioPad; CBI; EcoBio

  • NBN established (partnership with DoL)

  • PUB programme established at FEST

  • Biotechnology Audit underway;

  • Study on impact of GMOs on SA export markets – review of literature completed

  • Actions underway for legislative and regulatory improvements

  • Actions underway for ratification of membership of ICGEB;

  • NACI appointment of Advisory Committees underway

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Biotechnology regional innovation centres brics

Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centres (BRICs)

  • BioPadAnimal Health, Bioprocessing

  • CBIHuman Health, Bioprocessing

  • EcoBioHuman Health, Bioprocessing, Plant Biotechnology

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Challenges

Challenges

  • Level of awareness and understanding within South African population

  • EU/US polarisation – Labelling versus rigorous testing followed by non-discrimination

  • Poor resources and capacity within SADC to mount informed platforms in decision-making

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