EU ATT Outreach Project II - Sub-regional Workshop for Jamaica

Activity description

A Sub-regional Workshop was organized by BAFA in Kingston, Jamaica, on 10 – 11 June 2019, in the framework of the EU ATT OP II project. 
The Sub– regional Workshop was titled "Working together to prevent illicit arms trafficking in the Caribbean" and aimed to involve representatives from five CARICOM Member states into a dialogue about experiences in ATT implementation and effective arms transfer controls in their respective countries, while also exploring the possibilities of regional cooperation in the Caribbean. It was attended by a total of 38 representatives from Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. 

The topics included the political, legal and technical requirements of the Arms Trade Treaty as well as the status quo of ATT implementation and strategic trade controls in the participating CARICOM states and assistance possibilities in effective ATT implementation through the Voluntary Trust Fund. 
Other agenda points addressed transit and transshipment controls, including the legislative framework, conditions of practical implementation, issues of licensing and inter-agency cooperation, the prevention of diversion and illicit arms trafficking, whereby the role of the ATT as a self-obligation and incentive to combat illicit trade was highlighted and definitions, risks and countermeasures of diversion were presented.

The Sub-regional Workshop offered the participants from 5 CARICOM states a forum to engage in lively discussions with international experts and prominent stakeholders, such as the ATT Secretariat, and regional organizations such as CARICOM IMPACS or CDRAV (Caribbean Coalition for Development and the Reduction of Armed Violence). It managed to create a common spirit to proceed with and revitalize the national and regional implementation process. 

The Sub-regional Workshop was supported by five international ATT experts from CARICOM IMPACS, Conflict Armament Research, Hungary, Portugal and Sweden. 
Furthermore, a representative of the ATT Secretariat, a representative of the NGO CDRAV and the former lead negotiator on behalf of CARICOM at ATT negotiations attended the workshop and contributed with presentations.

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
International instruments
Regional cooperation
Regional instruments
Small arms and light weapons (SALW) controls
Transfer controls
Transit and trans-shipment controls
Trinidad and Tobago
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