Ethiopia mulls amendment to GMO import regulations
The Ethiopian Parliament is debating a change to regulations on the import of genetically modified organisms, newswire AllAfrica reports. A draft bill would amend 2009 legislation, which requires an importer to apply for written consent from the Ministry of the Environment or a “special” import licence. Regulations also require that the competent national authority of the exporter country “take full responsibility”. The amendment would withdraw the provision and have the exporter take on the responsibility. "Some provisions contained in the existing law were an obstacle to undertake works in biotechnology and do not meet the current developmental needs of the country," states a document attached to the draft amendment.