5 September 2012, Karachi – Within the walls of the 102 years old building of Karachi Port Trust (KPT) - Pakistan’s federal agency overseeing the port operations since 1887, the “Train-the-Trainers Workshop for Enforcement Officers on Monitoring and Control of the Trade of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)” was organized to equip enforcement officers with knowledge and skills to implement the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
The workshop was organized by the Ozone Cell of Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change and the Directorate General of Training and Research (Customs) with support from the UNEP DTIE OzonAction Branch, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
“The objective of the workshop is to build the capacity of a number of enforcement officers in Pakistan, mainly from the Customs department of Karachi which is the biggest and main port of Pakistan to prepare then for the nationwide training programme. The national training, meanwhile, is aimed at strengthening Pakistani enforcement officers to monitor and control trade in HCFCs efficiently, especially until 2020 when the government of Pakistan has committed to phase out 35% of HCFC-consumption under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer,” stated Mr. Atul Bagai, Senior Regional Coordinator of UNEP OzonAction.
Around 40 participants representing the Customs and Enforcement Departments of Pakistan such as the Ministry of Climate Change, General Customs Administration, Customs Divisions and Points, Customs Training Centre and Customs Central Laboratory, Frontier Core and Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority attended the training.
As an Article 5 country, Pakistan has committed to phase-out HCFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals following an agreed timetable under the Montreal Protocol. Decision XIX/6 of the Meeting of the Parties in 2007 accelerated the phase-out schedule of HCFCs – which means Pakistan needs to freeze importation of HCFCs baseline consumption (2009-2010 average) by 1 January 2013 and to reduce consumption by 10% by 1 January 2015.
“Now, it is time to phase out of HCFCs and allied substances which deplete the ozone layer. To prepare the Customs enforcement staff for this purpose, this workshop has been organized with very active support of Ozone Cell, Ministry Of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan and UNEP to create a pool of Master Trainers and also to share know-how with the allied agencies like Frontier Corps, Anti-Narcotic Force, Maritime Security Agency and Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA), who would be cooperating at various levels with Pakistan Customs,” said Mr. Husnain Ahmed, Member of Federal Board of Revenue, Islamabad.
“Since Pakistan Customs has well established training centres with latest facilities, the Master Trainers will soon start training other staff through workshops at DGTR Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. However FBR will look forward to continued support of the Ozone Cell and UNEP which will push the given objectives further,” Mr. Ahmed added.
Pakistan will adopt a staged approach and the first stage is to achieve 35% reduction of baseline consumption (2009-2010 average) by 2020 through its HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP). The UNEP OzonAction Branch, as an implementing agency of the HPMP, will assist the country in reaching its targets and continuing its good track record of compliance to the Montreal Protocol.”
Pakistan has had an operational licensing and quota system for import and export of ODS since 2000, and this system is also applicable to HCFCs. Pakistan has also put in place the control of the import of ODS-based equipment including HCFC-based equipment and the customs duty on components or sub-components related to the refrigeration, air conditioning which was exempt for non-CFC or non-HCFC gases. However, there is a need to strengthen control and build the capacity of Customs officers and other key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Commerce, responsible in issuing the import licenses to enforce the system, and ensure that illegal trade of HCFCs is prevented.
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