EU ATT Outreach Project II - Sub-regional Workshop for Colombia, Peru and Brazil

Activity description

On 09 – 10 April 2019, a Sub-regional Workshop for Colombia, Peru and Brazil titled “Bringing the State to the border areas: Strengthening human capacities to combat illicit arms trafficking” was organized by BAFA in Leticia, Colombia, under the second phase of the EU Arms Trade Treaty Outreach Project (EU ATT OP II).

This tripartite workshop offered a unique platform where stakeholders of key institutions for the implementation of the ATT in Colombia, Peru and Brazil, with the support of five international experts, addressed common challenges in the field of illicit arms trafficking; a threat to the three nations especially in the area of the Three Borders (Leticia-Santa Rosa-Tabatinga/Manaus). 

This conference was attended by delegates of the Colombian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense; the National Directorate for Customs and Taxes (DIAN); the National Police; the Armed Forces; the National Army; the National Airforce; the Military Industry of Colombia (INDUMIL);  the Department for the Control of the Arms and Explosives Trade; the Attorney General’s office; and the Mayor’s office. The delegation of Peru invited to the activity represented the Peruvian Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs; the National Intelligence Directorate; the Attorney General’s office; the Peruvian National Police; the National Superintendence of Control of Security Services, Arms, Ammunition and Explosives for Civilian Use (SUCAMEC); the National Superintendence of Tax Administration (SUNAT); and the Vice-Consulate of Leticia. Finally, the Delegation of Brazil represented the Brazilian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Economy; the Brazilian National Police; the Brazilian Maritime Authority; the Brazilian Air Force; and the Brazilian Federal Police.
The event was attended by a total of 67 representatives of several ministries and agencies of Colombia, Peru and Brazil.

The two-day workshop in Leticia was supported by five experienced experts in the fields of security matters, strategic trade and international arms transfer and illicit trafficking issues from Germany, Mexico, Organization of American States (OAS), Spain and UNIDIR.

Project description

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.  

Type of Activity
Institutional capacity-building
Sensitization and outreach
Focus of Activity
Border controls
Regional cooperation
Regional instruments
Small arms and light weapons (SALW) controls
Transfer controls
German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA)
European Union (EU)
Contact Details

German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA)
Division 225
Frankfurter Str. 29-35, 65760 Eschborn, Germany

Tel.: +49 6196 908 - 2602
Fax: +49 6196 908 11 - 2602