CABICHEM: Initial Facts Finding Mission in Kyrgyzstan

Between 4th and 5th February 2019, 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” ( visited Bishkek to carry out the second fact finding mission in the country.

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The meeting enabled the CABICHEM Work Package 1 (WP1) and Work Package 4 Teams to meet with the appointed CBRN CoE National Focal Point (NFP), Mr. Baigabyl Tolongutov, and around 30 selected representatives from Local Authorities interested in discussing the National legislative framework as well as the design of tailored training activities and awareness-raising campaigns on Chemical and Biological Waste Management. As an excellent result of the meeting, delegates from the State National Security Committee, Ministry of Emergencies, State Border Service, State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Land Reclamation, State Inspectorate for Environmental and Technical Safety, Ministry of Health, State Committee of Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use, Center for Nonproliferation and Export Control, Ministry of Economy, Center of Veterinary Diagnostics and Expertise in the Northern Region, National Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Inspection on Veterinary and Phytosanitary Safety, Center for Nonproliferation and Export Control cooperated positively and proactively to support the Project Team in defining the National main requirements to be considered during the CABICHEM implementation.

On February 4th, the activities opened with some remarks from the National Focal Point who outlined the purpose of the meeting and introduced the national main expectations. Thereafter, FORMIT envoys proceeded with an overall presentation on the CABICHEM Project, offering an insight over the operative content of WP1. Following dedicated presentations delivered by the WP1 and National teams, an open discussion took place.

The plenary debate was particularly useful to establish a list of priorities tailored for the needs of the country. An operative plan related to the next steps of the project implementation was then drafted. In conclusion of the meeting, National Delegates agreed with the CABICHEM WP1 Team to exchange detailed information about some scenarios of potential or concrete risk, in order to allow in depth case-study analysis by the Project Team composed by both CABICHEM and National legal and scientific experts.

The following day, 5th December 2018, was dedicated to wrap-up and refine the results achieved during the previous day, as well as to introduce and discuss relevant topics and incoming activities coordinated within the Work package 4 of the CABICHEM Project. Positive feedbacks have been collected regarding the training activities expected to be delivered during the Project as well as particular enthusiasm has been shown to support an awareness-raising campaign dedicated to inform the national population about the CABICHEM main topics.

The concluded two-day meeting gave to the Project Team and the Kyrgyz National Team the opportunity both to adapt the CABICHEM activities according to National requirements and to strength their already positive connection.

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