The opening ceremony featured an array of speakers, including Mr El Ghassim Wane, AU Director for Peace and Security, Mr Lesie Gumbi, Director of the OPCW International Cooperation & Assistance Division, Mr Mark Albon, Head of the OPCW Implementation Support Branch and Brigadier General Dr Charles Norbert Muzanila, Director at the Ministry of Defence and National Service of Tanzania & Chairperson of the Tanzanian National Authority. The meeting was officially opened by Honourable Tadesse Haile, State Minister for Industry and Chairman of the National Authority of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, who also delivered the keynote speech.
Sessions over the course of the coming days will cover a number of topics including the effective running of National Authorities, national implementing legislation and regulation, and available support from the OPCW, including web-based tools and other e-based support. Moreover, the meeting will discuss the role the African Union and the regional Economic Communities (RECs) can play for the full implementation of the CWC in Africa.
The CWC entered into force in 1997 and currently has one hundred and eighty eight (188) States Parties globally, out of which forty-nine (49) are AU Member States.AU Member States are thus asserting their role as active and vital players in the global nonproliferation efforts and full partners in advancing global security.