EU-ATT OP Regional Seminar to Support the Implementation of the ATT for ECOWAS Members and Neighboring Countries
As part of the 'EU-ATT OP', the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) in collaboration with ECOWAS and UNREC organized a seminar for ECOWAS Members and five neighboring countries. Among the participants were representatives from various ministries, National Commissions on Small Arms, Permanent Missions, gendarmerie, regional organisations and NGO’s. The main objective of the event was to offer a forum for the participants to exchange views and experiences on the ratification and implementation of the Treaty and to use the seminar for networking. The seminar was supported by four experts from Germany, France, Mexico and Portugal and was attended by representatives from ECOWAS, UNREC, UNOWA, ECCAS, WILPF, ICRC, WAANSA and BICC The seminar was held in Dakar, Senegal.
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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