The Embassy of Kazakhstan, together with the OIC Committee on Science and Technology (COMSTECH), organized an international seminar on “Bridging the gap: strengthening biosafety and biosecurity regimes”, which was attended by representatives of expert circles from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Georgia, Nigeria, Uganda, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the USA, etc.
The seminar was dedicated to the Kazakh initiative to create the International Agency for Biological Safety (IABB), announced on September 20 this year by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly.
From the Kazakh side, the event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, employees of the Biosafety and Biosecurity Department of the Masgut Aikimbayev National Scientific Center for Especially Dangerous Infections of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Welcoming remarks were made by the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan Yerzhan Kistafin and the General Coordinator of COMSTECH, Professor, Dr. Iqbal Choudhary.
During the two-day Seminar, an overview of the mechanisms for the implementation of existing conventions, treaties, agreements was held, as well as shortcomings and problems at the national and international levels, conflicts in the international legal framework, issues of international cooperation for the development of biological risk management programs, the need for reforms in this area, etc. were discussed.
As a result of the Seminar, the participants adopted recommendations on the creation of an International Agency for Biosafety as a need to level out existing threats and risks in the field of biosafety and biosecurity at the global level.
The Embassy expresses its gratitude to the General Coordinator of the Committee, Professor, Dr. Iqbal Choudhary and his team for their assistance and high organization of the event.