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ZimbabweZimbabwe - Zimbabwe First National BCH Workshop
The National Biotechnology Authority (NBA) in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop in the context of the UN Environment  – Global Environment Facility Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) from 15-16 March 2018, at the Zimbabwe High Performance Computing Centre (ZHPCC), Harare, Zimbabwe. The workshop aimed at providing the country's key stakeholders with a common understanding of: the common format of the BCH records as well as the methods for finding information and the procedures for registering and publishing biosafety related decisions and identifying national procedures and operational linkages to gather information to be put on the BCH in line with the NBF's implementation and sustainability and training plan. The workshop was attended by 40 participants from governmental ministries, agencies, farmers, agroprocessors, universities, research institutions, media offices and NGOs. The opening remarks were given by DR. Obatolu-Ushewokunze , Interim Board Chairperson for the NBA advisory board, Dr Jonathan Mufandaedza, CEO& Registrar, National Biotechnology Authority of Zimbabwe, Emmanuel Kabali, Food and Agriculture  Organization (FAO) and   Dr Ossama AbdelKawy (anglophone Africa Regional Specialist) the BCH3 project, UN Environment.