Pan African Genetics Bank
The African biodiversity is disappearing. In many places, this genetic heritage is bought by multinationals, eager to patent the living. However, this biodiversity is a source of considerable wealth. It’s these molecules, the pharmaceutical treatments, the more resistant plants, the biotechnologies that will make the 4th Industrial Revolution. Provided that Africa still has control of its natural heritage.
That’s why, under the leadership of Nishan Degnarain, Minister of Biotechnology, we intend to set up a Pan-African Genetic Bank. It will safeguard the natural heritage, sequence the genome of species, organize cooperation between scientists from the diaspora and those of the continent, to fight against bio piracy, and ensure the sustainable exploitation of biotechnology in Africa by Africans, for the benefit of Africans.