OPCW begins subregional training for African nations

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Tuesday began sub-regional training in Dakar, Senegal, for North, Central and West African nations.

This training is specialized for customs officials who are charged with the implementation of the transfers regime stipulated by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The training will cover many aspects of the international agreement and demonstrate how member states should manage and implement it in their individual operations.

Over the course of the four-day conference, many topics relating to custom offices and their role in the implementation and observance of the convention will be explored. These includes responsibilities under the convention; reporting and discrepancies associated with transfers of chemicals; and regional and sub-regional organizations and institutions and how they can support the observance of the CWC. The World Customs Organization will release recommendations on handling scheduled chemical transfers and potential changes.

Participants will be expected to disclose their respective countries' protocols in handling chemicals including the licensing, risk assessment, identification and overall control of transit and shipments.

Following this course, participants are expected to train their colleagues within their respective agencies or offices to spread the knowledge throughout the region.