Regional Workshop for State Parties in Asia on Article X
and Issues of Regional Cooperation in the Area of Assistance and Emergency Response
Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia 8 – 10 April 2014
The Government of Republic of Indonesia and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) invited States Parties in Asian region to participate in the Regional Workshop on Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention and issues of regional cooperation in the area of assistance and emergency responses. This important event took place from 8 to 10 April 2014 in Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia.
The Director for Basic Chemical Industry of the Ministry of Industry, Mr. Muhammad Khayam on behalf of the Indonesia National Authority for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (INAPCW) delivered a welcoming speech. Mr. Khayam, extended a warm welcome to the delegates of "Regional Workshop for States Parties in Asia on Article X and Issues of Regional Cooperation in the Area of Assistance and Emergency Response" in Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia.
"We are very pleased to welcome delegates from many Asian countries i.e., from Bahrain,
Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Laos, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Island, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Yemen, Uzbekistan and from the host country, Indonesia. Responsible Care® Indonesia (RCI) and Federation of the Indonesian Chemical Industry (FIKI) were actively participated in this event.
Photo group of speakers from the OPCW and delegate of state parties, after opening session
In this occasion, Mr. Khayam also stated "We are honored that for the second time Indonesia has been chosen as the venue for this important event. In August 2013, Indonesia was appointed as the organized of "Table Top Exercise (TTE) on Prevention and Response to Attacks on Chemical Installation" that took place in Jakarta". On behalf of the Government of Indonesia, Mr. Khayam expressed his appreciation and most sincere thanks to the Director General of OPCW as well as to distinguished speakers and delegates from the OPCW Secretariat and to the European Union countries for sponsoring this event.
Mr. Khayam reminded that a deep sadness was experienced by Indonesian people due to the bomb blasts occurred in Bali in 2002 and 2005. But now we are proud, that Indonesia has anti-bomb unit, known as the bomb squad team of "Team GEGANA" as well as anti-terrorist team which is recognized as "DENSUS 88" . Both teams are strong and tough. Experiences of both formidable teams have been shared to the neighboring countries as well as in international forums extensively. With all our efforts, safety and security in Indonesia have been improved significantly.
Over the last five years, there has been an increase in the number of tourist visits to Bali in particular and to other parts of Indonesia in general. This fact indicated that the level of confidence of tourists to the state of security in Bali and Indonesia has continuously improved and conducive. In addition, the interest of overseas investors in Indonesia Chemical industry has also showing a remarkable development.
The Workshop was intended to foster discussion and analysis of several assistance and protection related issues, with special focus on areas such as the rights and obligations of States Parties under Article X of the Convention, submissions of declarations of protective programs, and the analysis of weaknesses and problem areas. It would also provide an overview of assistance and protection activities in the region.
As it was designed as a forum for managers and planners who are involved in the protection of their civilian populations against chemical weapons, or who would be responsible for the provision of emergency assistance under Article X of the Convention; this Workshop provided information on the following:
- The implementation of Article X;
- National and international projects are being carried out by the Technical Secretariat
(hereinafter "the Secretariat");
- Regional approaches to assistance and protection, including the train-the-trainer approach;
- Challenges and new opportunities in the field of assistance and protection against chemical
weapons and other toxic chemicals.
During two days event, participants of the workshop have presented and discussed their experiences, lessons learned, and ideas in the field of assistance and protection as well as emergency response against threats related to misuse of toxic chemicals.
In order to see the working coordination among stake holders and the efficiency of the team work, the next activity that is planned to be conducted in Indonesia, will involve more on field exercises.