OPCW co-hosts chemical safety seminar with Doha Regional Centre

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons co-hosted a seminar on the Chemical Weapons Convention, chemical safety and chemical security management earlier this month in Doha, Qatar.

The OPCW co-hosted the event between September 10 and September 12 with the Doha Regional Centre for CBRN Training and the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons for the State of Qatar. Representatives from OPCW Member States in the Asian Region attended the event, which was the third seminar of its kind.

There were 68 participants on hand from 20 Member States. The represented states included Vietnam, Uzbekistan, the U.S., United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Pakistan, Oman, Mongolia, Malaysia, Lebanon, Laos, Jordan, Iran, Indonesia, India, Cambodia and Bangladesh.

Major General Staff Pilot Nasser Mohammed Al-Ali, the chairman of the NCPW, inaugurated the seminar. Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, the coordinator of threat reduction programs with the U.S. State Department, also made a special address at the seminar.

The seminar included presentations on the best practices and latest developments in chemical safety and chemical security management. The event also included overviews of effective security and safety systems, lessons learned and case studies. Participants included representatives from chemical industries, national authorities and industry associations, as well as legal experts. The individuals on hand were able to consider new approaches to chemical safety and security management and to share their experiences in the safe and secure handling of chemicals.