OPCW holds chemical response training in Singapore

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced a joint training exercise with the Government of Singapore against chemical threats on Tuesday.

The training course brought together experts representing 10 countries in Asia and the South Pacific from March 9 to 12. This course is an initial phase of annual training that is carried out on a regional basis. The next phase for Asian and South Pacific countries will take place in the Republic of Korea in June. A third will be held in Indonesia in November.

This training is stipulated by Article 10 of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). This training focused on planning, support team development and civil defense and protection practices. They covered response techniques and decontamination practices.

An outreach event was also held for the local chemical industry and the Singapore Chemical Industry Council to stress the CWC's importance and the role that industry plays in its continued implementation.

The following countries were represented with experts in emergency management and chemical response: China, Fuji, Australia, India, Iran, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. Two participants represented Myanmar, which is an observing country to the CWC.

The CWC currently has 190 member nations.

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