OPCW hosts induction program to assist Somalia on CWC implementation

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons held a two-day induction program on Thursday and Friday to help the Federal Republic of Somalia begin the implementation process of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

A group of senior government officials from the Federal Republic of Somalia attended the program. The delegation was led by United Nations Permanent Representative of Somalia Ambassador Yusuf Mohamed Ismail Bari-Bari. Mohamed Sheik Hassan Hamud of the National Security Advisory Team and Senior Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Mohamed Ali Jama, were also present.

Somalia signed the CWC on May 29; it came into force on June 28. Somalia is currently the CWC's 189th State Party. The two-day program marked the first time that representatives from Somalia got the opportunity to tour the OPCW and attend a program as a State Party.

Deputy Director-General Grace Asirwatham welcomed the delegation to the OPCW, on behalf of Director-General Ahmet uzumcu. Asirwatham announced the OPCW Technical Secretariat's dedication to help Somalia with the CWC implementation in any way possible.

The delegation thanked the Secretariat for organizing the event. The delegation representatives expressed their gratitude to the Secretariat and their desire for assistance throughout the implementation process.

The delegation was educated on the obligations and rights of the CWC States Parties, how to begin the implementation process, international cooperation from the Technical Secretariat, verification measures and general information of the OPCW.