OPCW holds regional training course in Jamaica

OPCW holds regional training course in Jamaica.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) recently detailed a regional training course for Latin America and the Caribbean.

This course was focused on the transfers regime of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and its associated technical aspects. This course was held by the OPCW and the World Customs Organization and took place in Kingston, Jamaica. A total of 31 participants attended, representing 19 countries.

During the training course, participants familiarized themselves with identification tools for scheduled chemicals, as defined by the CWC. These included the the On-line Scheduled Chemicals Database, the OPCW’s Central Analytical Database, a brochure detailing common chemicals in this category and the Handbook on Chemicals.

The course consisted of discussions among the group, presentations and practical exercises. Participants were also encouraged to share their own experiences in this area as well as information that might benefit other customs officials from the other countries represented. Representatives worked with the identification and detection of scheduled chemicals.

Participants paid a visit to Kingston’s port facilities and were able to interact with operators and gain exposure to practices of the facilities.

The OPCW is the international enforcement body over the CWC. It holds regular training sessions in multiple areas associated with the convention. 

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