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Honourable Minister Kabarebe opens workshop for stakeholders on CBRN preparedness
Published on 23-07-2016 - at 02:37' by Minadef

On 21 July 2016, a one day workshop on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) handling and protection was conducted at Lemigo Hotel with a view to establishing a CBRN Center of Excellence in Rwanda. It was jointly organised by the Government of Rwanda, the European Commission’s Joint Research Center and the United Nations Inter-regional Crime and Justice Research Institute.

The workshop was officially opened by Honourable Minister of Defence, General James Kabarebe; in the presence of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director, Mr. Stephen Anthony Rodriques and the the European Union Head of Delegation, Ambassador Michael Ryan.

In his remarks, the Minister of Defence, Gen Kabarebe urged the participants to get more knowledge and best practices to mitigate CBRN risks and keep Rwanda safer. “The workshop is important to enhance the knowledge of our institutions to mitigate CBRN risks and contribute to our national peace and security”, the Minister highlighted, before adding that eliminating CBRN threats requires contribution of both internal actors and international cooperation.

The UNDP Country Director, Mr. Stephen Anthony Rodriques said that the CBRN Centers of Excellence Initiative like the one being established in Rwanda is part of the strategy to help prepare countries for the risks related to CBRN materials and agents. “These centers seek to boost cooperation at national, regional and international levels and to develop a common and coherent CBRN risk mitigation policy”.

The Head of Delegation of the European Union to Rwanda, Ambassador Michael Ryan said that economic growth and technological development like what Rwanda is experiencing bring along better life for populations but also creates new CBRN risks. “As countries strive to grow economically, they also need to take precautions to prevent these risks whatever their nature may be- accidental, natural or criminal”, he said. He also added that in light of recent events in the world, terrorism is becoming an increasing threat in society and creates major concern in the field of CBRN.

Rwanda officially joined the Eastern and Central Africa CBRN programme in March 2016.

The one day workshop brought together national CBRN stakeholders from both Government and Private Institutions. It is the first of its kind held in Rwanda. ?


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