(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Qatar is committed to international conventions and standers to ensure proper circulation of chemical materials for the safety of people in the country, said a senior official.
Assistant Undersecretary for Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Al Sada that the Ministry has converted all paper transactions in various departments of environmental sector into electronic ones in order to save time, effort, money and to protect the environment.
This came during the first consultative meeting with chemicals companies operating in the state orgaised by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, represented by the Department of Radiation and Chemicals Protection yesterday at City Center Rottana Hotel.
Al Sada said that that event aims at introducing the services provided by the Department in dealing with hazardous substances. 'The objective of the meeting is also to find out the difficulties facing companies operating in the field of chemicals in order to bring about the best possible solutions for them, said Al Sada. He added that the ministry is interested in providing the best services in the field of chemical products, in order to increase industrial output and economic growth.
Speaking to the media persons on the sidelines of the event, Director of Radiation and Chemicals Protection Department Eng. Abdulrahman Youssef Abdul-Jabar said that the aim of this meeting was to introduce the services provided by the Department in dealing with hazardous chemicals in terms of circulation, storage, transportation and packaging. He said that during recent past the Department provided over 20,000 transactions including issuance of licenses and conducting inspections as per the international conventions singed by Qatar.
Abdul-Jabar underlined State's commitment to the multilateral Rotterdam Convention designed to promote joint responsibility and concerted efforts among countries in the international trade of certain hazardous chemicals, in particular pesticides, industrial chemicals and hazardous pesticide formulations, to protect human health and the environment from potential damage.
He stressed that Qatar is in a safe position in terms of the risks that might arise from the uses of these substances because of complying to implement the requirements and standards of the relevant international conventions. Abdul-Jabar said that the radiological monitoring system is being developed and installed at all levels of the country on land and sea and 14 monitoring stations will be upgraded and developed.
He said that the aim of all these consultative meetings is to introduce companies to the legislation related to the procedures required, and to strengthen cooperation between the public and private sectors in this field. The Department deals with hundreds of companies, and last year 22,000 shipments related to chemicals were released.