Introductory training program and meeting at the Ministry of Economy in Poland, September 2014
Training in project management tools to be used in the Kenyan program implementation; detailed plan of implementation with roles, functions and division of labor between the project participants; best practices exchanges and capacity building in the core areas of the Working Package 1 (WP1) which include chemical safety and security in transportation, customs and border controls.
The meeting at the Ministry of Economy was part of the training program and included participation of the ministries of Economy, Internal Affairs (Border Guard and State Fire Service), National Defense, Finance (Customs Service) and representatives of Interpol, Dow Chemicals, TNO (Netherlands) and AT Kearney.
Side-event on Kenyan Program at the OPCW Conference of the State Parties, December 2014, The Hague
The side event presented the development of the Kenyan program based on public-private partnership and multi-stakeholder approach in order to guarantee sustainability, continuity and modern management of the activities.
G7 Global Partnership meetings, October 2014 (Berlin) and April 2015 (Munich)
The Kenyan Programme was presented at these G7 Global Partnership and was included within the Sub-Working Group on Chemical Security as a leading program in international cooperation with regard to promoting security culture and enhancing chemical safety and security in developing countries.
Cooperation with international stakeholders
The main international stakeholders in the program are TNO (the Netherlands), DOW Chemicals, AT Kearney, and the University of Georgia (USA). Each of these stakeholders brings unique expertise and experience to the program and will be vital to its success. A number of other organizations and industry associations participate in different activities of the program and provide substantive support, including the EU, Interpol, WCO, 1540 Committee, UNODA, Cefic and the Polish Chemical Chamber.
Cooperation with the OPCW
Work Package-1 of the Kenyan program supports CWC implementation and the OPCW as a platform for cooperation to reduce chemical threats and enhance chemical safety and security. Interest is growing among African countries and international organizations in the Kenyan program’s approach to enhancing chemical safety and security.
Engaging national governments
The Governments of Poland, the Netherlands and the USA (State Department, Department of Homeland Security) have confirmed their readiness to support the Kenyan program.
Successful implementation of Working Package 1 (WP1)
The activities focused on the analysis of knowledge required for the curriculum in road transport safety and security and the development of training in monitoring chemicals in transit, border control and trafficking, education and awareness, and outreach to relevant audiences.
WP 1 implementation helped to consolidate the support of Kenyan and international stakeholders for the Kenyan program, and affirmed the primary importance of effective controls of toxic chemicals in transit (border and customs controls) and transportation for chemical safety and security.
Training sessions in Kenya
Sessions were conducted to develop and test the training methodology and to empower the trainers in the aspects of chemical safety and security and commodity identification. The participants were officials from customs, border controls, transportation authorities and police who will serve as trainers in the follow-up trainings. The objectives of the sessions included:
- To create awareness in chemical safety and security for the ToTs at Kenya school of revenue administration and selected participants;
- To develop the ability of trainers to propagate the training of custom officers in chemical safety and security;
- To share first-hand experiences in chemical safety and security with the personnel manning the entry points;
- To take stock of challenges facing custom officers in effectively discharging their duties.
Concluding training Session in Mombasa
After a year of intensive training courses for representatives of border services, customs and law enforcement a group of 50 experts and practitioners participated in special train the trainers seminar. After its completion, participants have received an ICCSS trainer of chemical safety and security certificate. Kenyan trainers will be the leaders in transferring knowledge and best practices into their communities. They will also actively participate in the development of the next stage of the program, which aims at creating a model border crossings for the clearance of hazardous materials.
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Amb. Krzysztof Paturej – ICCSS President of the Board
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