On 11th to 15th September, experts from the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) trained selected officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the installation, operation and maintenance of the Couth MC 2000 arms marking machine.
Twenty Selected Participants from the National Police and National Commission on small arms, of whom 6 were female, attended the knowledge transfer sessions.
H.E. Mr. Yves Kisombe, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, graced the closing ceremony and also launched the marking of National Police firearms on 15th September, 2017.
The training exercise was supported by the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA)/Political Military Bureau of the Government of the United States.
With the support of PM/WRA, RECSA has supported the Democratic Republic of Congo with 5 arms marking machines (3 in 2009 and 2 in 2015).
The arms marking machines and training is part of RECSA’s support to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s efforts to fulfill its obligations under Article 7 of the Nairobi Protocol on the Marking and Tracing of Small Arms and Light Weapons and Record-Keeping.