A new EU-funded project on biosafety and biosecurity kicks-off for Afghanistan.
On 26-27 September 2016 the Afghan national kick-off meeting of a EU-funded project worth 5 million euros was successfully conducted in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The event was co-organized by the implementer ISTC, the EU Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence Initiative (CBRN CoE) and Afghan Governmental partners. The meeting was opened by Dr. Noormal, Director General of the Afghanistan National Public Health Institute (ANPHI), Mr. Madalinski, EU Delegation representative, and Mr. Visser, P53-project manager, ISTC.
The objective of this project, denominated P53, is to provide specialized training on bio-safety and bio-security in Central Asian countries and to strengthen the relevant national legal framework. In this respect, it will help the participating countries to fulfil their international obligations to harmonize national bio-safety and bio-security legal frameworks with the World Health Organisation’s International Health Regulation (WHO IHR), Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), and Codex Alimentarius food safety laws. Furthermore, P53 aims to assist raising local bio-safety and bio-security training to international standards, while stimulating regional cooperation on relevant issues. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Interior and other relevant agencies and ministries.
The project was conceived and funded within the framework of the EU CBRN CoE (www.cbrn-coe.eu) initiative. The CoE currently covers 8 regions and 54 partner countries. The EU CBRN CoE Secretariat for Central Asia is based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It works in partnership with countries to encourage local ownership of CBRN action plans, policies and joint preparation of regional project proposals.
The ISTC, implementer of P53, has funded and managed several hundred projects in Central Asia over the past 20 years. Expertise to implement P53 is provided by a UK-led consortium of international legislative experts (SCJS, VERTIC), and bio-safety and bio-security training experts (PHE, RIVM).