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African Regional Workshop in Preparation of COP-MOP6. Recap of Day 1. Session 1: Official Opening. Remarks/Statements from: AfricaBio ISAAA NEPAD Agency/ABNE COMESA/ACTESA Prof Makinde - Status of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in Africa: What the key issues.

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session 1 official opening
Session 1: Official Opening
  • Remarks/Statements from:
    • AfricaBio
    • ISAAA
    • NEPAD Agency/ABNE
    • COMESA/ACTESA
  • Prof Makinde - Status of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in Africa: What the key issues.
  • Keynote speech by Dr. Julian Jaftha (DAFF)
the scene was set
The scene was set
  • The Facilitator went through a session of;
    • Introductions
    • Expectations:
      • Facilitate greater understanding among African country representatives of upcoming issues at COP-MOP6 negotiation; with specific focus on how decisions may impact national & regional interests
      • Provide the opportunity for interaction between local & international technical experts on the various thematic areas
expectations from participants 1
Expectations from participants (1)
  • Network/build relationships
  • Gain knowledge on substantial issues
  • Have fun
  • Reach a harmonised stand
  • Have a list of prioritized issues to be presented in COP-MOP6 meeting
  • Hear views from different countries on different issues
  • Present a common front
expectations from participants 2
Expectations from participants (2)
  • Become aware of other views
  • How to negotiate effectively
  • Address issues of labelling and cost
  • Understand why the controversies
  • A clearer understanding of the different interpretations
  • Unified mechanism of methodology for RA
  • Strict liability and redress vs Trade and Investment
things to avoid modalities of participation 1
Things to avoid (modalities of participation)(1)
  • Avoid fixed mind sets
  • Unnecessary arguments
  • Reinventing the wheel
  • Polarization at regional or national
  • Marginalisation of countries with minority views
  • Issues outside the protocol
  • Running away from real issues of countries, regional and continental
  • Political considerations
things to avoid modalities of participation 11
Things to avoid (modalities of participation)(1)
  • Dwelling on CPB – we should be past those issues
  • Side shows at meetings
  • Deviating from workshop objectives
  • Running away from the real issues at country, regional & continental levels
  • Imposing personal opinions
  • Avoid pushing personal interests
  • Distraction
  • Avoid overbearing attitude by respecting sovereignty and country positions
session 2 background presentations 1
Session 2: Background presentations (1)
  • Overview of MOP1 - 5 with highlights of important decisions & operational moods
  • A detailed presentation on MOP6 Agenda item 12 on Liability and Redress
  • Liability and Redress – National implementation guide and impressions on the AHTEG recommendations
session 3 background presentations 2
Session 3:Background presentations (2)
  • MOP6 Agenda item 14: Risk Assessment & Management
    • Report and recommendations from AHTEG that highlighted a road map & the associated guidance
    • Country experiences on testing the guidance
      • South Africa
      • Philippines
  • Interlude of group discussions to articulate key issues for Africa
      • these will be revisited in the afternoon session
risk assessment management
Risk Assessment & Management
  • Capacity building and information sharing:
    • Overview of the topic
    • Country Experiences
      • Uganda
      • South Africa
  • Public awareness & participation – country case study from Burkina Faso

END OF DAY 1