EU-ATT Outreach Project II - Initial Visit to Benin
As part of the second phase of the EU-ATT Outreach Project (EU-ATT OP II), Expertise France organized an initial visit to Cotonou, Benin, on 30-31 May, 2018. The visit provided an opportunity to discuss and establish a roadmap for the years 2018-2020. The activity included a visit to the offices of the authorities under the President of the Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The participants discussed sub-regional aspects of ATT implementation as Benin shares borders with Togo, Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso and is a coastal country in the Atlantic Ocean. The challenges discussed therefore combined those peculiar to destination, transit and transhipment countries.
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 supports 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.
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