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A delegation of Kenya-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) visited BGI and China National GeneBank (CNGB) on July 18, to discuss cooperation and enhance bilateral relations. The delegation was composed of Mr. Jacob Mignouna, Director of the BecA-ILRI Hub; Ms. Josephine Birungi, Technology Manager, and Mr. Samuel O. Oyola, Molecular Biologist. Mr. Ning Li, Vice President of BGI and BGI Global Development team warmly welcomed the guests.
The delegation was given a tour of CNGB’s facilities to understand its functions, they were given an introduction of a wide application of gene technology and MGI’s self-developed NGS sequencers. The delegation was briefed on BGI’s commitment to reducing the cost of sequencing by manufacturing higher-throughput, lower-cost sequencing platforms.
Ms. Josephine Birungi said that in the future, the two sides hope to conduct more in-depth exchanges in the fields of agricultural breeding, animal husbandry, and pathogen identification.
This was a reciprocal visit came after BGI delegation visit to the African countries including Kenya in February this year, where Dr. Jian Wang, President of BGI, led a group of BGI executives to discuss cooperation plans with industry leaders and business leaders including, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF). This follow-up visit of ILRI will further strengthen the bilateral relations and create more cooperation opportunities to improve people’s livelihood and well-being.
Echoing the Belt and Road Initiative, BGI has leveraged its scientific research and industrial advantages to set up cooperation in healthcare services, science and technology services, high-end manufacturing, agriculture among other aspects of pragmatic cooperation with many countries. BGI has also undertaken cooperation in public health, agriculture and prevention and control of infectious diseases in Africa.
About the BecA-ILRI Hub
The Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform located at and managed by ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya. The platform increases access to world-class laboratories for African and international scientists conducting research on African agricultural challenges. All research projects implemented at the BecA-ILRI Hub are directed towards delivering products to help improve food and nutritional security in Africa.
The BecA-ILRI Hub’s mission is mobilizing bioscience for Africa’s development, by providing a centre for excellence in agricultural biosciences. This enables research, capacity building and product incubation, conducted by scientists in Africa and for Africa, and empowers African institutions to harness innovations for regional impacts in improved agricultural productivity, income, and food and nutritional security.