ICCSS President visited Jordan to enhance Middle East Chemical Safety and Security

During a recent visit to Jordan Amb. Krzysztof Paturej, ICCSS President conducted a series of meetings in Amman and Aqaba. The visit was a part of Jordan efforts to enhance chemical safety and security nationally and regionally, to respond to COVID-19 negative impact on chemical activities, and to take lessons learned from the last year Beirut port major explosion. During the visit further arrangements were made on the beginning of training activities within the project, funded by France, on upgrading Amman CBRN Centre into regional centre for chemical safety and security (ChemReg). The project is a first of series of activities within  a Roadmap on Moving Jordan as a regional hub for chemical safety and security, as part of the Middle East Chemical Safety and Security Program (MECSS).

ICCSS President met with leaders of the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF), which coordinates the (MECSS) national implementation. He visited the Joint CBRN Training Facility in Amman, which will be upgraded to ChemReg and hosts ICCSS Office. He led a meeting at ICCSS Office at Joint CBRN Training Facility with the Jordan leaders of the MECSS. He participated in the meetings and led a first training session at the Cargo Terminal of the Amman Airport. He conducted a series of meetings at Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZA) and discussed safety and security cooperation with leaders of Aqaba port, Container Terminal and Aqaba Development Agency. 

During the concluding round-table meeting with the JAF and Jordanian stakeholders in Amman, a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was agreed on the implementation of the project on upgrading Amman CBRN Centre into regional centre for chemical safety and security (ChemReg). ChemReg development will start with preparation of Jordan and regional safety and security trainers in whole supply chain, starting from sea and air ports and road transport of chemicals. It will be further continued with a series of regional trainings and exercises, coordinated internationally and administered by ICCSS (www.iccss.eu). The round table meeting participants further agreed to expediate international efforts by ICCSS, including via G7 Global Partnership Working Group, to seek support and funding for other 4 start-up projects within MECSS. These projects address the safety and security gaps identified by Jordan, regional and international partners, in Gap Analysis within the RoadMap. They confirmed their priority to the project Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA)  Goes Chemical Safety and Security to enhance security throughout the chemical lifecycle, jointly developed by ICCSS, ASEZA, JAF, Jordan University of Science and Technology.

The meetings in Aqaba confirmed a strong support for and interest of industry, business and development companies, to implement the ICCSS international projects including CHEM-FRIENDLY Safety and Security Acknowledgment and program on local awareness and responsibility in chemical safety and security, and ICCSS trainings in industrial cybersecuorty and reliability.  

For more information please go to: www.iccss.eu/programs/middle-east-program