The Ministry of Environment, through the Waste Management Regulatory Authority and the Medical and Electronic Waste Management project implemented by the Ministry in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program and funded by the Global Environment Facility, organized a specialized workshop during the period from 22 to 24 January 2018 at Cairo Customs Institute to raise awareness and build capacities of Egyptian customs officers on the identification of hazardous waste and their classification, including the waste of electrical and electronic devices, their impact on health and the environment, how to deal with them properly, their transboundary movements in accordance with the global treaties Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm.
In the presence of Dr. Nahid Yousef, head of Waste Management Regulatory Authority, and Mrs. Nahed Ali Hassan head of central administration of the National Institute for Customs Training.
The training program, which is planned to be implemented with the Customs Authority, includes organizing seven specialized workshops in all Egyptian ports in Alexandria, Dekheila, Salloum, Damietta, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez, North Sinai, Sokhna, Adabiya, Nuweiba.
This training comes within the framework of the cooperation protocol signed between the EEAA and the Egyptian Customs Authority on raising the awareness and training of Egyptian customs officers on the proper handling of hazardous wastes (electrical and electronic waste) in accordance with Egyptian laws and relevant global treaties (Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm).
The protocol aims at protecting public health and the environment from the misappropriation handling and management of hazardous wastes (electrical and electronic equipment waste).
The specialized workshops are held to train customs inspectors in Egyptian ports and the relevant departments to identify and deal with these wastes and raise their awareness about the three global treaties (Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm), procedures for the import and export of hazardous wastes under Egyptian laws and international conventions, as well as how to handle smuggled or illegal shipments and procedures for prosecution of illegal cases.
It is worth noting that the training program is designed to train trainers from customs cultural institutes to ensure the sustainability of the training program. The training material has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).