Developing and strengthening the capacities for the management of risks associated with land transport of chemical and biological materials in the North Africa and Sahel Region

Developing and strengthening the capacities for the management of risks associated with land transport of chemical and biological materials in the North Africa and Sahel Region

Tunis, April 26, 2019

On the occasion of the launching of Sectrans-NAS, a cooperation Project of the CBRN Centres of Excellence and funded by the European Union, Tunisia’s National NRBC Team met experts from the consortium in charge of its implementation.

At this meeting was present the National Focal Point and representatives of the Ministries of Defense, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Health, the Scientific Police, of the National Office, the Civil Protection, the National Waste Management Agency, the Pasteur Institute of Tunis, the National Radiation Protection Center, the General Directorate of Customs, the coordinator of the regional office the North Africa and Sahel region, and the program manager of the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation of the EU.

The meeting had a dual purpose. On the one hand, establish a first contact with all the organizations and institutions concerned by the problematic posed by the transport of dangerous chemical and biological materials, and on the other, allow the experts of the consortium to transmit to the NRBC team the scope of their mission.

From the outset, the National Focal Point demonstrated to the implementers that Tunisia would be attentive to the quality of the work that will be accomplished hoping, at the same time, that the project will succeed in improving the operational component of the country’s intervention forces.

Once the various tasks envisaged by the project were explained by the experts, the NRBC team members intervened, in some cases, to clarify certain practices, in others to direct the planned actions towards more specific needs of Tunisia.

It must be emphasized that these exchanges have put concrete proposals on the table which will be the subject of study and approval, in particular, and to mention a few, the possibility that the project contributes, in some way, to the implementation of software to equip the Tunisian National Guard in the transport of hazardous wastes, or to include an approved training center which can validate and deliver trained trainers recognized diplomas, the incorporation of staff of the Ministry of the interior and the forensic police in the training courses intended for the civil protection, the necessity that the equipment envisaged under the project 70 of Centers of excellence are delivered to the countries before the programmed exercises in the field …

Moreover, given the fact that Tunisia has considerable know-how, and in view of unequal levels of management capacity and response within the region, it has been suggested that its experience can be shared with other countries involved.

The meeting, held in a frank and direct atmosphere, ended with the assurance of the NRBC National Team and the regional office of its unwavering support for the project’s success. The experts of the consortium undertook, in their turn, to take into account the suggestions of Tunisia and to submit to its NRBC national team, both the desired profiles and the contents to be developed in the trainings and workshops to be realized.

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The EU NRBC CoE initiative is funded by the European Union through its Instrument for Stability and Peace (IcSP) and implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Interregional Crime Research Institute and justice (UNICRI). The initiative acts with the technical support of relevant international and regional organizations as well as EU member countries and other relevant stakeholders through a coherent approach to promote efficient and effective cooperation at national, regional and international level. The initiative has seventy-one countries in eight regions of the world and it is the largest external civil security program in the EU.

For more information:

Project website: https://www.sectrans-nas.eu

– Website of the Centers of Excellence NRBC: http://www.cbrn-coe.eu

– Website European Commission International Cooperation and Development – The Instrument for Stability: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sectors/human-rights-and-governance/peace-and-security/instrument-contributing-stability- and-peace_en

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