Panama: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   PN2023-0007
Although Panama highlighted the use of biotechnology in its Agricultural State Policy Law 352 of 2023, Panama has not yet established the implementing regulations of Law 48 of 2002, which created the National Commission of Biosafety for Genetically Modified Organisms. This commission does not hold regular meetings and is not approving any requests for GE products. The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) by request of the Ministry of Agricultural Development of Panama, provided technical assistance on the development of implementing regulations on biotechnology and new production technologies, in order to have clear procedures regarding the approval process and coordination among all of the competent government agencies in charge of authorizing the import, research, production and commercialization of agricultural biotechnology and other new production technologies in Panama. This draft proposal has not yet been approved.

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