Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) 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 28-29 March 2018, at La Palisse Golden Tulip Hotel, Nyamata, Rwanda. 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 30 participants from governmental ministries, agencies, farmers, agroprocessors, universities, research institutions, media offices and NGOs. The opening remarks were given by Ms. Marie Laetitia Busokeye , Head of Department of Environmental Planning, Research and Development, Mr Emmanuel Kabera, the CPB and BCH focal Point for Rwanda and Mr Rami Abdel-Malik ( the BCH3 project Manager), UN Environment. Sessions were given by and Dr Ossama AbdelKawy (anglophone Africa Regional Specialist) and Rachel Shibalira (Regional Advisor) the BCH3 project, UN Environment.
The presentations on country status were given by Mr Emmanuel Kabera.