The Gambia's First BCH National Training Workshop, which took place from 13-14 June 2018 in Banjul, the Gambia, was organised by the the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management in collaboration with, and within the context of the United Nations Environment Programme - Global Environment Facility Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH-III). The objectives of this training workshop were to define procedures and mechanisms for information flow onto the BCH; define roles of the Competent National Authority and National Focal Points, as well as enhance the national capacity to use the BCH Central Portal to find and register information. Participants to this training workshop were key stakeholders such as government representatives, industry, importers, producers, distributors, researchers, farmers and farming organisations, major food and feed companies, NGOs and civil society, and print and broadcast media.
The opening remarks were given by Mr. Ousainou Touray, Cartagena Protocol National Focal Point and Deputy Director, Department of Parks and Wildlife Management, Alex Owusu-Biney, Biosafety Portfolio Manager, UN Environment, Abdoulie Sawo, BCH National Focal Point and Senior Conservation Officer, Department of Parks and Wildlife Management and Rami Abdel Malik, BCH III Project Manager, UN Environment. Sessions were given by Lilian Nfor, Regional Advisor, UN Environment. The presentation on country status was given by Abdoulie Sawo.