Dhaka, 08 March: The closing ceremony of Regional Basic Course on Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons and Emergency Response to Chemical Incidents” for States Parties in Asia 2018 ended at Le Meridian Hotel, Dhaka on Thursday (08-3-2018).

Secretary, Ministry of Disaster and Relief Md Shah Kamal was the Chief Guest during closing ceremony. The Chief Guest distributed the certificates among the participants. Representative from Director General, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Senior Assistance and Protection Officer Mr Shahriar Khateri and a good number of personnel from Bangladesh National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention (BNACWC), Armed Forces, Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) and from various chemical industries/institutions were also present during closing ceremony.

In his speech, the Chief Guest thanked BNACWC and strongly said that this endeavor would certainly make Fire Service and Civil Defense Department more efficient in countering any chemical incident or accident. He expressed his hope that OPCW and BNACWC would also remain committed to ensure chemical safety and security for creation of a peaceful world.

The participants in the process of learning were oriented with all the gears they need to use to an emergency and as well as the mechanism involving identification, detection and decontamination procedure in the face of a chemical warfare agent or toxic industrial chemical incident or accident. Total nine (09) participants from Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan, Srilanka and thirty (30) local participants from various Chemical Industries, Fire Service and Civil Defense (FSCD), Bangladesh Police and Bangladesh Armed Forces attended the Course.

It may be mentioned that, this course started on 04 March 2018 at Le Meridian Hotel, Dhaka and ended today on 08 March 2018. The practical part of this course was held in the training complex of Fire Service and Civil Defense, Mirpur. Bangladesh has organized this kind of regional course on this subject for the first time.