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I
NTERNATIONAL
C
ENTRE FOR
G
ENETIC
E
NGINEERING AND
B
IOTECHNOLOGY


PRESS
RELEASE


ICGEB RECEIVES A NEW GRANT TO STRENGTHEN AND EXPAND BIOSAFETY SYSTEMS IN
SUB
-
SAHARAN AFRICA


The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) has rece
ived a grant
exceeding US $6 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the implementation of a project
to assist the regulation of agricultural biotechnology products in sub
-
Saharan Africa.


The project will be carried out by the Centre’s Biosaf
ety Unit, by personnel based in its Trieste (Italy) and
Cape Town (South Africa) components, and will focus on the development of effective safety and
regulatory systems for the regulation of GMOs: a very relevant topic, not only for sub
-
Saharan Africa
cou
ntries.


Thanks to the funds provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

says Mr. Decio Ripandelli,
Director of ICGEB’s External Relations and Head of the Biosafety Unit

more than 20 fellowships will
be offered to attend a two
-
year Master programme
tailored for the project by a prestigious international
university; as well as critical personnel exchanges between governmental offices with extensive and
highly
-
regarded GMO regulatory experience (as in Canada and Australia) and those of the sub
-
Saharan

African region, where those systems are still evolving. Training workshops, both theoretical and practical,
will also be organised and offered to scientists and regulators of the National Competent Authorities
responsible for GMO regulation.

The ICGEB app
roach

states Mr. Ripandelli

has always been aimed at the promotion of the safe and
sustainable use of biotechnology. This project extends the biosafety work that the Centre is already
implementing, and will expand the Centre’s global reach.


This new f
unding doubles the contribution that the Gates Foundation gave to ICGEB in 2008
-
says Prof.
Francisco Baralle, Director General of the Centre. He continues
-
The magnitude of this new investment
and the trust awarded to ICGEB from such an important donor
are sources of great satisfaction, as they
are a visible demonstration of the ICGEB’s international credibility and uniqueness in this sector, which
rely upon an approach based exclusively on accurate representations of science.


Further Information:

Dec
io Ripandelli
-
Biosafety Unit, ICGEB

Tel.: +39
-
040
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3757345 Fax: +39
-
040
-
3757363
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Email:
biosafe@icgeb.org


The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
is an intergovernmental
organiz
ation, established within the United Nations system to provide the developing world with a centre of
excellence for research and training in genetic engineering and biotechnology, focused on solving some of the
major problems affecting health, nutrition, a
griculture and industrial development. The ICGEB has been operating
since 1987 through its three Components; located in Trieste (Italy), New Delhi (India) and Cape Town (South
Africa). To date, the ICGEB Statutes, i.e. the international treaty establishing
the Organization, have been signed
by 85 Governments and ratified by 6
3
Member States.

Further information can be obtained at
http://www.icgeb.org

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http://www.icgeb.
org/biosafety/


Trieste, the 8
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November ’12