The Deputy Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao, met today with a delegation from the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ghana at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague. The Ghanaian delegation was led by Committee Chair, the Honourable Emmanuel K. Bandua.
The Deputy Director-General briefed the delegation on current activities and future priorities of the Organisation. Ambassador Rao noted that the OPCW is placing special emphasis on expanding its training and assistance programmes to help build capacities among States Parties, especially where the needs are greatest. Part of this focus is due to all Member States having in place comprehensive legislation for implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention, which will be a focus for a major forum planned for later this year in Africa.
Mr Bandua acknowledged the important role played by the OPCW in building capacity to protect against chemical weapons and promoting peaceful uses of chemistry.