Laboratoire de Génétique et des Biotechnologies de l'Université d'Abomey-Cala
Contact person name:
Professeur Clément Agbangla
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BP 526 Commune d'Abomey-Calavi République du Bénin
FAO GM Foods Platform Country Profile: Benin Republic Status
In Benin Republic, facing the advent of GMOs in 2002, the Government decided to establish the moratorium for five (5) years. The objective of this moratorium was to develop the institutional and legal basis to manage the risks generated from of the GMOs and their products utilization in the country. This moratorium has been renewed in March 12, 2008 and was ended in March 11, 2013. During the two successive moratoriums the biosecurity setting has been developed and the National Biosecurity Committee was established. The national Biosecurity Laboratory has been installed with the financial support of the Economic Union of West African States (UEMOA) through a Regional Biosecurity Program.
Actually with the trade of GMOs and derived products, no country in the world can be out of import and export of these products (spontaneous presence for those countries who import the conventional cereal such as Benin and low presence for those who import already or export GMOs). The National Biosecurity Committee of Benin during the last session recommended the implementation of the Protocol of Cartagena and his additional which was signed and approved by the Country.
The Focal Point Platform GM
Professor Clement AGBANGLA
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