OPCW holds training course for customs officials

OPCW holds training course for customs officials.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) recently detailed a customs officials course for the eastern and southern regions of Africa that took place earlier in October.

The course was focused on the identification and detection of scheduled chemicals and overall best practices in managing chemicals in trade. This course was designed with the help of the World Customs Organization (WCO). The course consisted of practical exercise, presentations and group discussions. Customs operation and cooperation were also discussed in detail relating to the continued implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

The course took place in Centurion, South Africa, and was hosted by the OPCW and the National Authority of the Republic of South Africa from Oct. 13 through 16.

“It is only through good collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, including the customs, that the states parties can ensure effective implementation of the convention,” Melanie Reddiar, acting head of the secretariat to the National Authority of the Republic of South Africa, said.

According to the report, this course was effective in facilitating sub-regional cooperation between those state parties that had representatives in attendance. A total of 30 customs officials took part in the training course that represented 14 countries, including: Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe Seychelles and South Africa.

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