A three-day Regional forum started in Yaounde on September 12, 2017.
Government representatives, experts and other stakeholders from 12 African countries are meeting in Yaounde to share experiences and explore ways of adopting national legislations on the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
The Minister Delegate at Cameroon’s Ministry of External Relations in charge of Relations with the Commonwealth, Joseph Dion Ngute on September 12, 2017, chaired the opening ceremony of the stakeholders forum for States parties in Africa on adoption of national implementation legislation. He said the holding of the forum in Cameroon was an honour to the country, stating that the adoption of national legislations on implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention was indispensable to States. Citing the case of Africa, he said the legal arsenal in the chemical weapons sector was urgent to empower countries face the growing challenge of terrorism.
Present for the opening ceremony of the forum was the Head of the Implementation Support Branch of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Kesrat Sukasam. This is an organisation that helps countries to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention. Speaking during the occasion, he said the forum would help State parties that do not yet have the national legislation on the Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention to draw up and adopt theirs, as well as create networks. Mr Kesrat disclosed that 12 countries from the African region have been invited to the Yaounde forum. He specified that six of the countries already have the national legislation and six do not. The forum would therefore be an opportunity for them to share experiences and learn from each other. The legislation, he said was important because chemicals are used for development to better the lives of mankind. However, the same chemicals are used for evil purposes when they serve as raw materials to produce chemical weapons to kill and destroy.