DHAKA: A national symposium on controlling the chemical weapons was held at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden in the city yesterday.
Marking the 20th founding anniversary of Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Bangladesh National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention (BNACWC) organised the symposium titled ‘Chemical Weapons Convention for the Peaceful Uses of Chemistry’, said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release here.
Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the symposium as chief guest while Bangladesh Ambassador to Netherlands and OPCW executive council chairperson Sheikh Mohammed Belal addressed the inaugural function as special guest, the release added.
BNACWC Member Secretary Commodore SM Abul Kalam Azad delivered the welcome address in the inaugural function.
Addressing the symposium, Prof Akhtaruzzaman said BNACWC, as a member of the OPCW, is working to ensure the peaceful uses of chemistry at all levels in Bangladesh. Such kinds of symposiums will play a vital role in preventing chemical accidents, misuses of chemicals and creating mass awareness in this regard, he added.
A total of 170 representatives from different universities, agencies and institutions were present in the symposium.
Besides, a poster exhibition competition on peaceful uses of chemical products and chemical security and management was organised in the symposium. A total of 153 students from the country’s five universities took part in the competition. From the total posters, five were selected as the ‘best five’.
In addition, Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) organised an exhibition on different equipments related to chemical security.
Later, Jahangirnagar University (JU) Professor Farzana Islam addressed the concluding ceremony of the symposium as chief guest and distributed prizes of the poster competition.
Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) Professor Manwarul Islam addressed the concluding session as special guest.