Ken Matthews new ABCA chair

The ABCA Board formally welcomed Mr Matthews at its meeting in Canberra on Monday

FORMER Secretary of two Australian government departments (agriculture and transport), Ken Matthews has been appointed chairman of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA).

The ABCA Board formally welcomed Mr Matthews at its meeting in Canberra on Monday.

The Board released a statement saying Mr Matthews brings to the role “the intellect, leadership and expertise needed” to ensure ABCA continues to provide “scientific and balanced information” on the potential farming benefits of agricultural biotechnology.

During his time at the helm of the Department of Agriculture Mr Matthews oversaw the development of the regulatory framework for agricultural biotechnology.

In 2005, Mr Matthews was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia. He is also an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) and of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia and the Australian Institute of Management.

The ABCA Board of Directors also thanked and acknowledged outgoing chairman, Claude Gauchat, who was the Council’s inaugural Chairman and played a crucial role in the establishment of this important organisation of the nation’s agricultural and biotechnology sectors.

ABCA is an industry initiative with four founding members - AusBiotech, CropLife Australia, Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) and the National Farmers’ Federation - and its activities are also supported by a project partnership with the red meat industry.

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