22 December, 2020

16th General Meeting of BNACWC

The 16th General Meeting of BNACWC was held on 22 December 2020 via an online platform. Newly appointed Chairman, BNACWC, and Principal Staff Officer, Armed Forces Division Lieutenant General Waker-Uz-Zaman chaired the meeting. Members of BNACWC from various ministries and organizations participated in 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. Representatives of Armed Forces, Fire Service and Civil Defence, and Bangladesh Police apprised the house about their capacity-building activities. Chairman accentuated the importance of capacity building and appreciated the responders for their efforts despite being constrained by the COVID-19 pandemic. A representative from the National Board of Revenue (NBR) apprised the house about the up-gradation of their chemical laboratories for the identification of various toxic chemicals at the ports (land, sea, and air). House discussed about the requirement of having a National Policy along with a National Coordinating Body to ensure better chemical safety and security management in Bangladesh by accommodating all chemical-related activities/organizations under one umbrella. Chairman emphasized on the requirement of international cooperation for capacity building regarding chemical safety and security management. Chairman expressed his opinion to continue various activities of BNACWC via online platform during the COVID situation.  The meeting ended with a positive understanding of working together to ensure chemical safety in Bangladesh.