St. Vincent and the Grenadines is now one step closer to the establishment of an efficient Biosafety Management System.

In this regard, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will host a workshop on today, at the National AIDS Secretariat Building at Largo Height, at 9 a.m.

The workshop will involve members of the National Steering Committee of the National Biosafety Project and will be facilitated by Dr. Sylvester Lynch, coordinator of the project, and Rohan Mc Donald, a member of the National Steering Committee and biotechnologist at the Orange Hill Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory.

The workshop will prepare a working draft of a proposed Biosafety Administrative System and will be used for managing all activities related to genetically modified organisms, specifically handling applications, decision-making, follow-up and enforcement, as well as putting mechanisms in place to facilitate public awareness, public education, and participation and access to information.

An administrative system is the cornerstone of any efficient Biosafety Management System and is of immense benefit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, given that it is a small island developing state that depends heavily on its natural resources.