A delegation led by the RECSA Executive Secretary, Mr. Théoneste Mutsindashyaka undertook a successful mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo from July 3rd to 5th, 2017; seeking to consolidate gains made in implementing the Nairobi Protocol for the prevention, control and reduction of small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and bordering states..
During the visit, the delegation held bilateral talks with the DRC Deputy Minister for Internal Affairs Hon. Basile Olongo, Minister for Defense Hon. Crispin Atama Tabe and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Aggé Matembo.
The discussions focused on the mandate of RECSA in the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol, and the role of the DRC as the Chair of the RECSA Council of Ministers.
The team also received a brief on the progress of arms marking from Colonel Kalamba of the FARDC Logistics Base in Kinshasa. The DRC National Commission on SALW also hosted the RECSA delegation for a knowledge transfer session.
Further, the RECSA delegation held talks with the Mine Advisory Group (MAG); to explore areas of partnership in supporting the DRC to enhance its capacity on the control and management of SALW.
In respect of RECSA’s role on institutional development and strengthening, the delegation had a working session at the Pullman Hotel in Kinshasa with Mr.Jean de Dieu Batchy, a consultant who is designated to develop the National Action Plan on SALW control for the Republic of Congo.
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