In March 2019, the signing ceremony cementing the Host Agreement between the Department of Science and Technology, Government of South Africa and the ICGEB took place at the Embassy of South Africa in Rome, Italy.
This marks a historic moment for the Organisation that has laboratories in Trieste, Italy, in New Delhi, India and, since 2008, in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations officially communicated the establishment of the Seat of ICGEB Cape Town in May 2008, marking South Africa as the first country in Africa, and the third in the world, to host laboratories of the ICGEB. This was hailed as the beginning of an STI partnership that has made an outstanding contribution to advancing global sustainable development through scientific research.
On Monday, 11 March 2019, the Director-General headed the ICGEB delegation for the signing of the Host Agreement.
Minister Plenipotentiary, Dr. Sheldon Moulton, and Counsellor for Multilateral Affairs, Ms. Anne-Marie Moulton were present, together with Mr. Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation and Resources, Department of Science and Technology (DST) South Africa.
The Host Agreement reached the Embassy in a special bound folder from the South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pretoria and has subsequently been granted Presidential approval. Minister Kubayi-Ngubane’s signature will seal the agreement that assures continuity for the Component for the next five years and will pave the way to recruitment of new Groups in Cape Town.