The Sectrans-NAS project was a meeting of the national team and the institutions responsible for the prevention of accidents and carriage of hazardous goods
In Ouagadougou, Sectrans-NAS project specialists organised meetings with the national CBRN team in Burkina Faso and other sessions with institutions involved in the safety of dangerous products, at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and under the chairmanship of the National Focal Point.
The meetings involved some 30 specialists from different ministries, directorates-general, scientific institutes and security services and focused primarily on the Burkinabe legislative situation and the development of transport plans for CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) materials.
For two days, meeting participants reviewed the existing regulations in the country governing carriage of dangerous substances and established an improvement plan. They concluded that there is a need to prioritise dissemination and awareness of the existing regulation which already complies with international guidelines and the need to legislate some specific aspects.
Regarding carriage of dangerous substances, there are plans to implement a pilot transport plan and the capital city of Ouagadougou has been earmarked as the best location for implementing the plan.
The visit to Burkina Faso is one of the first field assessment missions. The project expects to travel to the six participating countries to inform sector organisations and institutions about the project and to identify partners and define specific needs in each region.
The SecTrans-Nas, project, funded by the European Union and managed by FIIAPP, focuses on safety and protection in the carriage of chemical and biological materials in North Africa and the Sahel region . The initiative was launched by the European Union in 2010. Its objective is to strengthen prevention, preparedness and post-crisis management of CBRN incidents. These can be of criminal origin (traffic, theft, proliferation, sabotage), accidental (industrial disasters, waste processing) or due to natural causes (pandemics, etc).