OPCW hosts 14 CWC nations for preparedness exercises

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Indonesian government hosted table-top exercises (TTX) for Asian and other Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) countries recently in Indonesia.

The three-day conference brought together 25 representatives from 14 countries to analyze chemical management, especially in emergency situations, using hypothetical  scenarios. The exercises required  participants to employ risk assessment and contingency planning in tackling each scenario.

Muhammad Khayam, the Indonesian Ministry of Industry's director of basic chemical industry, opened the conference and said the exercises allowed participants to enhance their capabilities in predicting attacks and detecting chemical agents, as well as decontaminating after such crises. The exercises also covered medical and relief support for on-sight humanitarian response and how the delivery of assistance and treatment to exposed individuals should be managed.

Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bahrain, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Korea and Qatar were represented.

The OPCW organized the exercises with the assistance of Indonesia's technical secretariat and Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Industry.

Regional exercises such as these aid nations in better implementing and enforcing the terms of the CWC, and they allow representatives to gain emergency-response skills to manage chemical-agent threats and attacks.

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