CABICHEM Initial Facts Finding Mission for Afghanistan

On the 6th August 2018, implementers from EU CBRN Centres of Excellence Project 65 “Strengthening chemical and biological waste management in Central Asia countries for improved security and safety risk mitigation - CABICHEM” (www.cabichem.eu) visited Tashkent, Uzbekistan to meet with the delegates of Afghanistan a second time in order to refine indications received during the initial Facts Finding Mission for Afghanistan carried in Tashkent on 5th – 6th July 2018.

The event enabled the CABICHEM Consortium members to meet Dr. Bashiruddin Noormal, Director General Afghanistan National Public Health Institute (ANPHI), Dr. Nasir Ahmad Stanikzai, Director Central Public Health Lab (CPHL) - Afghanistan’s CBRN CoE Acting National Focal Point (NFP), Mr. Abdul Ahmad Ahadi, Director chemical Weapons Prohibition Division of Afghanistan Atomic Energy High Commission, and other ten members of Afghanistan CBRN National Team and national experts in the domain of chemical and biological waste management.

Tashkent, 6th August 2018. Group photo

Tashkent, 6th August 2018. Participants to the event

During the meeting, experts of the CABICHEM project and Afghanistan’s CBRN National Team met to deeply analyse the project expectations and to discuss about the state of the art of hazardous chemical waste management in Afghanistan, emphasizing this problem and best practices. Participants from Afghanistan belonged to the Ministry of Public Health, to the National Environmental Protection Authority, to the Kabul City Municipal Office, to the State Specialized Inspection Agency, to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and to the Afghanistan Atomic Energy High Commission.

The mission in Afghanistan was realized in close collaboration with the EU CBRN CoE Acting NFP, Dr. Nasir Ahmad Stanikzai, and was very successful since it brought together European experts belonging to the CABICHEM Project and Afghanistan CBRN Authorities, Afghanistan stakeholders and experts.

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