EUP2P ATT Outreach Project II – Second Roadmap Activity for Costa Rica
Within the framework of the ATT Outreach Project II (ATT-OP II), BAFA carried out the Second Roadmap Activity for Costa Rica in San José on 17-18 December 2018. This two-day workshop addressed ways to develop guidelines on procedures to regulate international arms transfers. In addition, the outcomes from the fourth Conference of States Parties to the ATT (CSP4 2018) were presented and strategies to combat problems particularly relevant to the Latin American sub-region such as diversion were explored.
In addition, during this two-day workshop methods that contribute to improve risk assessment capabilities of the personnel involved in issuing arms transfers licenses were analysed. Finally, the issue of interagency cooperation as key to effectively implement the Treaty was also discussed. Progresses in establishing a national control system and the exchange of information between Costa Rica and another roadmap country in the region, Peru, have led this country to be keen on intensifying the exchange of information with Costa Rica.
As a consequence, six representatives of the Government of Peru, who hold a key position in terms of implementation the ATT in this country, participated in Costa Rica's Second Roadmap Activity. This not only supported Peru in the establishment of a similar authority, but also further promoted regional cooperation in Latin America. The organizers were supported by experts from Colombia, Germany, Mexico and Spain.
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.