The 16th General Meeting of Bangladesh National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention (BNACWC) was held online at AFD, Dhaka Cantonment on Tuesday.
Newly-appointed Chairman, BNACWC and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) of Armed Forces Division (AFD) Lieutenant General Waker-Uz-Zaman chaired the meeting, an ISPR handout said.
Members of BNACWC from various ministries, organisations and Armed Forces joined the online event.
BNACWC members reviewed the present activities of BNACWC and discussed the future road map to implement Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in Bangladesh.
Armed Forces, Fire Service and Civil Defence and Bangladesh Police apprised the house about their capacity building activities.
A representative from customs apprised the house about the upgradation of their chemical laboratories for identification of schedule chemicals at the ports (land, sea and air).
The meeting discussed the requirement of having a national policy along with a coordinating body to ensure better chemical safety and security management in Bangladesh.
The BNACWC Chairman also put emphasis on the requirement of international cooperation for capacity building regarding chemical safety and security management.
He expressed his opinion to continue the capacity building programmes via online platform during the Covid situation.
The meeting ended with a positive understanding for working together to ensure chemical safety in Bangladesh.
Source: United News of Bangladesh