VERTIC and Malawi organise awareness-raising and legislative drafting workshops on the BWC

On 18 March, the Malawian government organised an awareness-raising workshop on national implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) in collaboration with VERTIC. Malawi signed the BWC in 1972, but did not ratify it until April last year. Since ratification of the Convention, Malawi has proceeded with taking important steps to implement the BWC at the national level, including the organisation of this workshop for government officials from various ministries and agencies. 
The awareness-raising workshop was opened by the Hon. Ephraim Abel Kayembe, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Asbjorn Eidhammer, the Ambassador of Norway to Malawi, and Yasemin Balci, Legal Officer at VERTIC. The awareness-raising workshop consisted of presentations and discussions on the various aspects of the BWC, including international assistance and cooperation under the Convention and implementation at the national level. 
The awareness-raising workshop was followed by a legislative drafting workshop from 19 to 21 March during which Malawian legal and policy officials worked with VERTIC Legal Officers Yasemin Balci and Bilqees Esmail on a draft bill to implement the BWC as well as the biological weapons-related requirements of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540. 
On 18 March, the Malawi News Agency covered the workshops and quoted the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as saying that effective implementation of the BWC in Malawi will entail the cooperation of multiple government institutions and stakeholders.  

Last changed: Mar 24 2014 at 5:48 PM