National Committee on Prohibition of Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction holds 12th meeting
The National Committee on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and the Destruction of Those Weapons held virtually its 12th meeting, headed by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the National Committee, Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Duaij Al Khalifa, with the participation of the committee members representing the relevant ministries and government agencies.
During the meeting, Dr Shaikha Rana welcomed the members of the Committee, and highlighted the constant policy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in supporting efforts aimed at disarming weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery and preventing their spread. She also noted that the committee’s mission aims to strengthen national and international cooperation with the competent authorities to limit the spread of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.
The members recalled the most prominent achievements made in 2018, headed by Dr. Shaikha Rana, which consisted of holding 4 awareness and training workshops for national cadres, and holding a symposium on biological threat in cooperation with the Animal Health Organization, in addition to facilitating and organizing 5 visits by experts from international organizations to provide support and advice to the national cadre and stipulated inspections on them in the conventions and the signing of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the framework of the country program - on the basis of which many technical cooperation programs were worked on in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency in the fields of education, health, environment and security, where Dr. Shaikha Rana Al Khalifa issued two decisions to regulate the licensing process for chemicals and the adoption of the Horizon system in cooperation with the Customs Affairs Administration for customs clearance.
The members also reviewed the most prominent events achieved during 2019, which reflected the Committee's keenness to learn about the experiences of countries and institutions in the field of national applications of the Chemical Weapons Convention and other related agreements, such as the visit to Germany, and the attendance of many meetings and lectures at MoFA and the Ministry Defense of Germany and the Robert Koch Institute, in addition to visiting Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) to learn about the experience of the company.
The members pointed out that this year (2020), and despite the current circumstances due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid 19) and the challenges faced by countries, the committee has not stopped implementing and following up on Bahrain's commitments through holding online meetings under the directives of Dr. Shaikha Rana Al Khalifa and her close follow-up, adding that during this year the program for preparing nuclear law was organized in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and work on biological and chemical laws, in addition to presenting 3 national programs within the framework of the country program.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Undersecretary of the MoFA and Chairman of the Committee expressed her deep thanks and appreciation to all members of the committee representing ministries and government agencies for their commitment and efforts, wishing them continued success and success for the elevation and progress of Bahrain.
It is worth noting that the National Committee on Prohibiting the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and the Destruction of Those Weapons was established based on Law No. (51) of 2009 regarding the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and their destruction, which was issued in implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Weapons Chemical weapons and the destruction of those weapons, which Bahrain ratified in 1997. The law forming the current membership was issued in 2017 with the membership of 11 members from various related national bodies.
The National Committee on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and the Destruction of Those Weapons carries out a number of the main tasks related to chemical weapons, as it is the competent authority in Bahrain to monitor all activities related to materials and weapons of mass destruction (chemical, radiological, biological and nuclear), and to regulate its affairs through reviewing the legislation in force and work to update it in accordance with the latest international standards contained in international agreements related to weapons of mass destruction.
The committee is the point of contact between Bahrain, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency and other international organizations related to weapons of mass destruction, during which the necessary information is exchanged and the inspections carried out by organizations are followed up, within the limits stipulated in the national legislation of the Kingdom of Bahrain and in coordination with the competent authorities in the Kingdom.