African countries exchange notes on safe ways to use chemistry

By Patience Nyagato

THE use of chemistry for development came to the fore this Tuesday as more than 21 African countries were taken through a training programme for chemical safety and security in Harare.

Zimbabwe, South Africa and other African countries, who ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention met in Harare this Tuesday to exchange notes on chemical safety and peaceful scientific ways to use chemistry.

Director National Metrology Institute at the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC) Mr Matthew Ranganai summed up the importance of the convention which prohibits the development, production and use of chemical weapons.

“This Workshop is organised under Chapter 11 of the Chemical Weapons Convention which orders member states to use chemistry for peaceful purposes and economic development allows member states to exchange scientific and technical information for progress and prosperity. Convention prohibits emergency of chemical weapons and is also very productive as it encourage member states to use chemistry for development,” he said.