07 July 2023

The second day of the 2nd International Forum for Agri-Biotechnology encompassed two technical sessions on Food Biotechnology and Animal Biotechnology. The sessions were followed by a tour of the National Center for Biotechnology, leading then to a round table on the outcomes of the forum on the various realms of biotechnology and the final closing session with the participation of government representatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Niger and various international organizations.

During the Food Biotechnology Session participants from Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Egypt, and Türkiye addressed malnutrition in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Geography through functional foods, and raised issues of quality standards. The session concluded with a panel discussion and the exchange of innovative ideas and solutions to pressing challenges in the sphere of Food Biotechnology.

The Animal Biotechnology session elaborated on presentations and a panel discussion on the key challenges and potential solutions to integrating traditional breeding methods with modern biotechnology practices. Participants from Pakistan, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia elaborated on the most significant technical advancements in animal biotechnology that could contribute to bridging the gap between developed and developing countries in animal genetic resources management and conservation. The second half of the session included panel discussions with representatives from the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), Pakistan, the International Livestock Rsearch Institute, and INAT Tunisia. 

After the technical sessions , the participants gathered with eminent speakers from 15 countries, in a hybrid format, to discuss recommendations and the outcomes of each session. The Director General of IOFS H.E. Prof. Yerlan Baidaulet then closed the Forum with the Minister of Livestock of the Republic of Niger, H.E. Mr. Tidjani, Abdoul Kadri; the Vice Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Н.E. Mr. Tamabek Abulkhair; and the Coordinator General of COMSTECH - OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation H.E. Prof. M. Iqbal Choudhary.

“As we conclude the 2nd International Forum for Agri-Biotechnology, we are filled with a sense of accomplishment and gratitude for the fruitful discussions and exchanges of ideas that have taken place over the past two days,” the Director General of IOFS stated, closing the 2nd International Forum on Agri-Biotechnology.