Malawi conducted the first BCH training for biosafety stakeholders from 13th to 14th February 2019 at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe. The training drew its participants from research institutions, private sectors, Civil society, Government Departments, the Media, seed companies and food and processing industries. A total of 30 people attended the training of which eight were women.
The opening remarks were delivered on behalf of the Director of Environment Mrs Tawonga Mbale-Luka, by Dr. Lilian Chimphepo who welcomed all participants and urged then to participate actively during the training. In her remarks Chimphepo reminded the participants on when Malawi became party to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety including modalities that have been put in place to facilitate implementation of the Protocol.
The training was facilitated by Dr Ossama Abdelkawy, BCH Project Regional Specialist. The training was aimed at equiping biosafety stakeholders with knowledge on the roles of the Competent National Athorities and National Focal Points, defining procedure or mechanisms on flow of information on the BCH and enhancing capcity in using the BCH Central Portal in finding and registering information.