Opening of the first chemical training session in Asia in Colombo

Sri Lanka celebrates an important milestone in the World Convention on Chemical Weapons and the first international training session to be held in Sri Lanka on chemical emergency incidents began in Colombo on January 6 morning with officials from The Hague in Particularly in flight procedures behind closed doors by themselves.

"This year we will complete ten years of implementation of the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention in Sri Lanka," said Minister of Industry and Trade Rishad Bathiudeen, 6 February in Colombo. Minister Bathiudeen addressed the opening of the International Chemical Emergency Response Training Session held in Colombo by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. Minister Bathiudeen participated in the event as head of OPCW assistance and protection, Shawn DECALUWE, with experts from the OPCW, chemical experts from the three Sri Lankan forces, secretary of the Industry and Commerce Chinthana Lokuhetti. The meeting is organized jointly by the National Authority of the Chemical Weapons Convention of Sri Lanka and the OPCW of the Netherlands.

"The OPCW provides information on the Chemical Weapons Convention and monitors compliance between States parties that have ratified the treaty," said OPCW Chief Constable and Protection Shawn DECALUWE, adding: "For the first time our office in The Hague in Syria."

"This is an honor for all of us here to take part in this international pioneer of the training session in Colombo today. I am pleased to say this event is taking place as it marks an important milestone in our national chemical program "Said Minister Bathiudeen and added," This year we celebrated 10 years of implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention since it was ratified here by an Act of Parliament in 2007. Now we have an adequate system of The implementation of this convention mainly by the National Authority established under my ministry. I thank the OPCW for its continued support to Sri Lanka in the process of formulating and implementing this law. Most Asian countries do not have the knowledge and skills to respond to. Chemical incidents are meeting today in a context of global change in use - in which the production of industrial chemicals has shifted to the developing world. The countries of South Asia are becoming a key player in this sector because of the intensive use of chemicals by them. I welcome the good representation of the States Parties in Asia in the workshop ".

Participants from India, China, Bahrain, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Korea, the Philippines, Mongolia, Myanmar, Maldives, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and Sri Lanka. The training session on chemicals currently taking place in Colombo is the fifth of these sessions conducted by the OPCW - the first ever held in Sri Lanka.








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