Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa

The OPCW programme to strengthen cooperation with Africa.

The Africa Programme focuses on activities and interventions to respond to the particular needs of African Member States. Activities under the programme have included high-level bilateral visits and other activities to increase awareness of the Convention in Africa, including cooperation with the African Union (AU) and outreach to civil society and academic institutions.


The Director-General in 2007, through the policy-making organs, proposed to develop the OPCW Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa on the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Programmes should:

  • Respond to the particular needs of African States Parties.
  • Contribute to the effective and non-discriminatory implementation of the Convention.
  • Strongly supported by Regular Budget and Voluntary Contribution from Member.
  • States/European Union and in kind contributions mostly in Developing Countries.

Following the completion of the first phase of the Programme and its assessment, the Secretariat continued to implement the Africa Programme in a second phase for another three-year period, commencing on 1 January 2011 and ending on 31 December 2013.

Based on the aforementioned assessment, the objectives and specific components of its second phase have been reviewed and realigned to provide it with more relevance, focus, and scope. Accordingly, Technical Secretariat activities are being enhanced or supplemented to further benefit African States Parties.


  • African Union (AU) Commission.
  • Pan African Parliament (PAP).
  • East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
  • Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU).
  • Member States, donors and institutions in the Africa Region.
  • European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA).


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