The National Committee on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Development, Production, Use and Stockpiling and their Destruction held its 7th meeting in Manama under the chairmanship of Bahrain’s Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al Khalifa (photo), with the participation of the Committee’s members as well as representatives of relevant Ministries and governmental bodies.
The Committee discussed the issues on its agenda and reviewed the outcomes of submitting its annual report for the year 2018 before the Cabinet, which in turn approved the report and its recommendations that aimed at developing the Committee’s work, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The Committee was also briefed on its webpage before launching it on the Ministry’s official website. The webpage highlights the role and tasks of the Committee and introduces its members and teams. The Committee is also working towards providing online services for the issuance of licenses for chemical substances enlisted on table 1, 2 and 3 in the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Out of the keenness of the committee to affirm the commitment of the Kingdom to all its international obligations, especially those that contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security, Committee resolution (1) for the year 2019 was issued to establish the Executive Office of the Committee, which in turn came up with the Committee’s plan of action for the year 2019-2020.
During the meeting, the President of the Executive Office reviewed the programs and initiatives of the said plan of action, which included launching an award for scientific research in the field of the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The Committee also discussed a number of points raised by the legal team of the Committee regarding legislations that contribute to the implementation of the Kingdom’s commitments according to the international conventions it is a part of.
The Head of the Committee, Dr. Shaikha Rana commended the outcomes of the visits conducted by the delegations of the Committee inside and outside of the Kingdom to promote the role of the Committee in the field of the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.