Kenya Project for chemical safety & security
In April 2013, CITS Director William W. Keller chaired a side event to the Third Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. The goal was to introduce a unique project to support and build chemical safety and security in Kenya. The Kenya delegation embraced the idea of installing a legislative and regulatory system of strategic trade controls that will enable Kenyan authorities to monitor chemicals and other dual-use commodities that transit the Port of Mombasa or use the Port as a transshipment point.
The project also focuses on developing a regulatory structure and capacity building that will enhance the safety and security of chemical investments and installations now contemplated for Kenya. The Kenya Project is based on public-private partnerships and a multi-stakeholder approach structured to guarantee sustainability, continuity, and modern management techniques. The event provided a forum for OPCW Members and project stakeholders to discuss and promote the OPCW’s role as a platform for voluntary cooperation in chemical safety and security.
The Kenya Project is organized by the International Center for Chemical Safety and Security in Tarnow (Poland) in cooperation with the Center for International Trade and Security of the University of Georgia (USA), Dow Chemical Co. (USA), The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (The Netherlands), A.T. Kearney (Poland), and the City of Tarnow (Poland).