on Biotechnology for Asian Development
in collaboration with CII and IUCN (Regional Biodiversity Programme-Asia)
organized the Second Conference on Biotechnology for Asian Development:
Regional Cooperation for Ensuring Access and Capacity Building,
on April 7-8, 2004 in New Delhi. The Conference was supported by
UNESCO and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
Shri K.C. Pant, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission and Chairman,
RIS inaugurated the Conference.
Nagesh Kumar, Director General, RIS; Mr. Mohsen Tawfik, Director,
UNESCO, New Delhi, Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, Head, Regional Biodiversity
Programme, IUCN, Asia; and Mr. Raju B. Barwale, Member CII, National
Committee on Biotechnology and Managing Director, Maharashtra Hybrid
Seeds Company Limited also addressed the inaugural session.
Conference began with session on Biotechnology and Food Security
in Asia: Priorities and Challenges, chaired by Prof. Naiyyum Choudhury,
Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS), Bangladesh. The panelists
included Dr Gerard Barry, International Rice Research Institute
( IRRI), Philippines; Dr Daniel Gustafson, FAO, New Delhi; Dr. Ajay
Parida, M.S. Swaminathan Foundation, Chennai; and Dr. Kiran K. Sharma,
Suman Sahai, Gene Campaign, New Delhi chaired the second session
on Biotechnology and IPR Regime: International Developments and
Policy Options. Dr. Jayashree Wattal, WTO, Geneva;Dr. Mikyung Yun,
Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, South Korea;
Dr Balakrishna Pisupati, IUCN Regional Biodiversity Programme Asia,
Sri Lanka;Mr. Praveen Anand, Anand and Anand, New Delhi; and Dr
K. K. Tripathi, Advisor, Department of Biotechnology, Government
of India were the main panelists.
third session on Trade, Labeling, Traceability and Issues in Biosafety
Management was chaired by Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, Regional Biodiversity
Programme, IUCN Asia. The panelists were: Dr. Heike Baumuller, ICTSD,
Geneva; Dr. Suman Sahai, Gene Campaign, New Delhi; Dr. S. R. Rao,
Department of Biotechnology, India;Mrs. Gothami Indikadahena, Department
of Commerce, Sri Lanka; Prof. Liu Yan, Nanjing Institute of Environmental
Sciences China; and Dr. Paresh Verma, Shriram Bioseed Genetics (I)
S. R. Rao chaired the Special Panel discussion on Agricultural Biotechnology
in India. The main panelists in the session were: Mr. Vivek Singhal,
President, All India Biotech Association (AIBA), New Delhi; Dr Vibha
Dhawan, Tata Energy Research Institute, New Delhi; Dr. A. R. Sadananda,
E. G. Technologies & Service Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad; Dr. Sandhya
Tewari, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), New Delhi ; Ms.
Sonu Jain, Indian Express, New Delhi; and Dr. Sivramiah Shanthu
Shantharam, Biologistics International, USA.
Nagesh Kumar, Director-General, RIS chaired the session on Socio-Economic
Analysis and Studies on Biotechnology. The main panelists in the
session were: Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdottir, University of Toronto,
Canada; Dr. Brigitte van Beuzekom, OECD, France; Dr. José B. Falck-Zepeda,
ISNAR/IBS, the Netherlands; Dr. Derek Russell, National Resource
Institute, Australia; Prof. Bharat Ramaswami, Indian Statistical
Institute, New Delhi and Dr. Raju B Barwale, Maharashtra Hybrid
Seeds Company Limited.
session on Public-Private Partnerships in Biotechnology: Issues,
Modalities and Lessons was chaired by Dr. S. R. Nair, Managing Director,
Biotech Consortium India Ltd. Dr. Ben Peczon, Coalition of Biotechnology,
The Philippines; Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, RIS,; Dr. Lakshmi V. Venkatesan,
Oppoutunia, New Delhi; andDr Rajeswari Raina, NISTADS, New Delhi
were the panelists.
A.P. Kulshreshtha, Director, Centre for Science Technology of the
Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries chaired the session on
Country Specific Experiences and Options for Asian Regional Cooperation
in Biotechnology. The Panelists in this session were: Dr. Nares
Damrongchai, APEC Center for Technology Foresight, Thailand; Prof.
Naiyyum Choudhury, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS), Bangladesh;
Mr. Rana Nazir Mehmood, WWF, Pakistan; Prof. Bui Chi Buu, Director,
CLRRI, Vietnam; andDr. Manoranjan Hota, Ministry of Environment
and Forests, Government of India.
session on Perspectives from International Agencies was chaired
byMr. Mohsen Tawfik, Director, UNESCO, New Delhi. Dr. José B. Falck-Zepeda,
and Dr Joel Cohen, ISNAR/IBS, IFPRI/ISNAR the Netherlands; Dr. Eija
Pehu, World Bank, Washington D.C.; Dr. Paul Sidhu Singh, Senior
Agricultural Specialist, World Bank, New Delhi; Dr. Peter H. Chase,
US State Department, Washington D.C.; Ms. Liz Fajber, International
Development Research Centre, New Delhi; and Capt. K. Vishwanathan,
Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation, New Delhi were the
In the Concluding Session: Future
Agenda, Dr. M.K. Bhan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government
of India, New Delhi delivered the valedictory address. Dr. Nagesh
Kumar, Director-General, RIS; Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, Head, Regional
Biodiversity Programme, IUCN Asia; Dr. Ben Peczon, President, Coalition
of Biotechnology, The Philippines; Dr. Nares Damrongchai, APEC Center
for Technology Foresight, Thailand; and Dr. Sandhya Tewari, CII,
New Delhi also addressed the concluding session.
For access to Background Note, Presentations
and other material from the conference, please visit the RIS website