EUP2P ATT Outreach Project – Ad-hoc Seminar for Panama
Within the framework of the ATT Outreach Project II (ATT-OP II), BAFA organized an Ad-hoc Seminar in Panama on 06-07 February 2019 in Panama City. The Ad-hoc Workshop discussed key areas of cooperation that the Panamanian authorities had identified as priorities as part of the assistance that they have requested within the EU ATT Outreach Project.
During this capacity building event the legislation of Panama was reviewed on the basis of the requirements foreseen in the ATT and a report with conclusions and recommendations for amendments of Panama’s relevant legislation was presented during the first session of the workshop. On the first day of the seminar, strategies to improve the management of arms control were also explored and the national control list obligation was analyzed.
The Ad-hoc Workshop also addressed the status quo of the ATT implementation in Latin America, focusing on experiences, challenges, lessons learned and regional cooperation models. Finally, the issue of inter-agency cooperation was discussed as the key to effectively implement the Treaty. The organizers were supported by experts from Costa Rica, Peru, Spain and the Netherlands.
The goal of 'EU ATT Outreach Project (EU ATT-OP)', as part of the European Union Partner-to-Partner (EUP2P) Export Control Programme, is to support the effective implementation of the ATT. Upon request, the project will support a number of States in strengthening their arms transfer control systems with a view to being able to implement the ATT. The project also aims to increase awareness and ownership of the ATT at national and regional levels and therein contribute to its universalisation. A second edition of the project was initiated on 29 May 2017 by Council Decision 2017/915 and it is co-implemented by BAFA and Expertise France. The EU ATT Outreach Project has three different components: 1) Tailored National Assistance Programmes; 2) Ad-hoc Activities; and 3) Regional Seminars. National assistance programmes are developed in close cooperation with partner countries. Key elements of national assistance programmes are: an initial needs assessment visit; inclusive roadmap development; and, practical support follow up activities.