The Agricultural Biotechnology Network was established upon the recommendations of AARINENA Executive Committee, and emerged from the need for a coordinating body and a technical cooperation Network on agricultural biotechnology for the promotion of cooperation among the region states for the optimal utilization of limited resources available for the development of agricultural biotechnology.
The objective of the Consultation Meeting was to discuss the establishment of Regional Network for Agricultural Biotechnology in the Near East and North Africa. APCoAB was invited to share its experiences in the Asia-Pacific region and explore the areas of interregional collaboration with the new network.
Eighteen agricultural biotechnology experts from 14 countries of the region (Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen) besides representatives from AARINENA, FAO,GFAR, ICARDA and APCoAB, participated in the consultation meeting.
Participants unanimously adopted the proposal by Dr. I. Hamdan, Executive Secretary, AARINENA, for the establishment of Regional Network for Agricultural Biotechnology in the Near East and North Africa.