U.S. Department of State Hosts Second Conference on the Role of Biotechnology in Advancing African Agriculture

Media Note
Washington, DC
March 18, 2011


Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez will host a conference entitled, “The Role of Biotechnology in Advancing African Agriculture - Partnering with the Private Sector,” on March 18, 2011. The purpose of this half-day gathering is to continue discussions between the African diplomatic corps and representatives of the biotech industry with a view to improving the investment climate for agricultural development in Africa.

This conference is the second in a three-part series that Assistant Secretary Fernandez is hosting for the African diplomatic corps. The first conference, on January 20, focused on government-to-government interaction and included over 25 African countries’ representatives. The third conference will involve nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and universities and is slated for early June.



PRN: 2011/411