BRISBANE: Eighteen APEC-member economies and five non-member economies met in Brisbane, Australia at the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (APEC HLPDAB).

The focus of the annual meet shifted this year to genome editing with the precision breeding technology set to revolutionise industries beyond agriculture, while regulatory cooperation was another key focus.

Participants from all economies unanimously agreed that initiatives on regulatory cooperation and harmonisation should be strengthened through resource sharing not only between economies but also with industry players.

Prof Dr Nikolas Kalaitzandonakes, Director of Economics and Management of