EU ATT Outreach Project II - Third Roadmap Activity for Ghana
On 23 – 24 July 2019, BAFA conducted the Third Roadmap Activity for Ghana in the framework of the EU ATT OP II in Accra, Ghana. Ghana has been a long-term partner within the EU ATT OP II since its first phase, back in 2014.
The activity was titled “Training for customs officers with regards to ATT implementation in Ghana”. The main objective was to discuss the role of customs in the prevention of diversion and illicit trafficking, in line with ATT provisions. The workshop was attended by a total of 20 senior customs officers from different customs units located in the Southern sector of Ghana.
The roadmap activity addressed arms transfer control provisions and customs activities in Ghana, which provided an overview of customs practices and the status quo of ATT implementation in this Western African country as well as diversion definitions of the different activities covered by the ATT - export, import, transit, transshipment and brokering - as well as approaches to control those transactions. Moreover, challenges of commodity identification at customs and interagency cooperation from the custom’s perspective were discussed. Furthermore, risk profiling and risk management, procedures for inspection, seizure and impounding of shipments, approaches and processes of customs investigations completed the workshop’s agenda.
The goal of 'EU ATT Outreach Project' is to support the early entry into force and 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. 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. The project is implemented by BAFA and co-funded between the EU and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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