Lomé, Togo - A sub-regional workshop on the International Tracing Instrument (ITI ) for small arms and light weapons (SALW) began on Tuesday in Lomé, the Togolese capital, aimed at helping states to identify and conduct a timely and reliable tracing of illicit small arms and light weapons.
Organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), the workshop is also aimed at building the capacity of these states on the use of best practices in implementing a national weapon marking programme.
In addition, the workshop will provide a framework for exchange and sharing of experiences for participants on the practical challenges relating to the marking, record-keeping and tracing of weapons. The workshop is being financed by the European Union (EU).
Several presentations on programmes relating to marking, registration and tracing of weapons are included on the agenda. National experiences of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana in the implementation of these programmes will also be shared.
The meeting is also being attended by experts and representatives of ECOWAS, the African Union and the UN.
The International Tracing Instrument (ITI) adopted in 2005 by the General Assembly of the United Nations was established to support the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons.
Governments of the West African sub-region, which are already committed to mark and keep records of small arms and light weapons under their jurisdiction, would through the Lomé workshop be better equipped to implement the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), the Lomé-based Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa said.