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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





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



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


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


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


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


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


National biotechnology strategy r d and technologies

Diagnostic tools

Drugs and vaccines

Disease detection

Nutritional content


DNA fingerprinting

disease resistance

Improved crop yields

Environmental impact


Energy consumption

Carbon dioxide emissions

Industrial Bioprocessing techniques

Minerals exploration

Minerals processing

National Biotechnology Strategy:R&D and Technologies


National biotechnology strategy hrd needs

Molecular Biology


Information Technology



Genetic Epidemiology

Business Management

Product Development

Legal Practice

National Biotechnology Strategy:HRD needs


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


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


Biotechnology regional innovation centres brics
Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centres (BRICs)

  • BioPad Animal Health, Bioprocessing

  • CBI Human Health, Bioprocessing

  • EcoBio Human Health, Bioprocessing, Plant Biotechnology



  • 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