oa Arms Control : Africa - National focal point capacity building in Southern Africa



In 2007 the Southern African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) re-committed itself to the implementation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on the Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Other Related Materials during its 12th Annual General Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. The challenges posed by the implementation of this Protocol were acknowledged during this meeting. Two of the main obstacles identified were the inadequacy of individual Member States' firearms control infrastructure, and the need for a more coordinated approach at the regional level. SARPCCO consequently constituted a Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) to be the primary implementation body for the SADC Protocol. Brokering, marking and tracing, as well as stockpile management provisions are included in the SADC Protocol, and hence the RCC is required to address these issues.


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