Govt. to draw Bio Safety Bill to safeguard against genetic technology
A Cabinet statement revealed that the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) plans to begin drawing up of a proposed “Bio Safety Bill” to safeguard against possible damage that may be caused to the country’s biodiversity due to organisms that have resulted from genetic technology being freed.
“Sri Lanka is a member of the Cartagena Protocol on Bio–safety, hence, legal provisions should be introduced to minimise the risk caused by use, promotion, sale, use in commercial activities, transport, import, export, re-export, transfer, disposal and release of such organisms,” the statement reads.
The Cabinet approved President Maithripala Sirisena’s proposal to draw up the proposed bill as it was a suggestion that was put forward by his ministry, the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment.
If the proposed bill is passed into law, it will provide the opportunity for businesses that handle disposal of genetic waste to begin operations in Sri Lanka.
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