The Federal Government has said that the ECOWAS biosafety regulations would facilitate the adoption of safe and useful modern biological processes to boost agricultural productivity, environmental sustainability and economic growth in the region.

The Minister of Environment, Suleiman Zarma, made this known at the ministers meeting on the Validation of the Preliminary Draft Regulations on Biosafety in West Africa held in Abuja on Friday.

Zarma, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ibukun Odusote, said the document on the regulations was expected to be legally binding on member states.

The Minister urged that the regulations do not interfere with or delay the ease of doing business in member countries to ensure economic sustenance while maintaining safety.

Also speaking with newsmen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Cote d’Ivoire, Joseph Seka Saka, said that member states would have a common vision on the application of biosafety regulations.

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