Bio-economy holds a better future for Africa and the world

South Africa will host the first BIO Africa Convention from 27 to 29 August 2018.  The meeting, which will attract bioeconomy role players from across the globe, will be held under the theme, "Africa: Open for Business – Building the Bio-economy Together".


In the past decade there has been a steady increase in the development and adoption of bioeconomy strategies by a number of countries. This shows the growing importance of the bioeconomy for sustainable development and meeting social, environmental and economic challenges.


On 10 July, the Deputy Director-General: Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology, Mmboneni Muofhe, together with senior officials from Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa (IPASA), will brief the media on the first BIO Africa Convention and the central role that the bioeconomy plays in the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


The BIO Africa Convention is a platform for networking and sharing ideas. It will showcase Africa’s biotechnology innovations in the health, agriculture and industrial sectors, and help to unlock the potential of Africa's unique biodiversity by providing opportunities for investment.


Media are invited as follows:

Date: 10 July 2018

Time: 12:00- 13:00

Venue: Riboville, Waterfront Equestrian Estate, R55 & Maxwell Drive, Kyalami.



Julian Leshilo-Sebake

060 961 2194

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