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.
RECSA has formalized its working partnership with the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) with the Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The MoU signed by the Executive Secretaries Mr. Shimelis Woldesemayat (CISSA) and Mr. Theoneste Mutsindshayaka (RECSA) at the CISSA headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, cements our institutional partnership and sets the stage for implementation of mutually-reinforcing activities.
RECSA and CISSA have a convergence of interests towards peace and security in Africa. Under the MoU, the two institutions will seek to work on:
On 28th August 2017, RECSA hosted various stakeholders for a dissemination workshop on the findings of three expert studies on the nexus between Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Fragility, Poaching and Cattle rustling in the RECSA region.
The workshop sought to build synergies for multi-faced approaches towards reducing the illegal accumulation, trafficking and misuse of firearms. The meeting also served to build momentum for the integration of security interventions as a critical aspect of human/socio-economic Development in line with the Sustainable Development Goal No. 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies.
The Research Consultant shared a presentation, paving way for honest deliberations on the country-specific findings of the fragility, poaching and cattle rustling studies, including the current situation and key drivers of the problems as well as the recommendations made to address the problems.
The discussions by the delegates culminated to commitments on the following actions: