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SECURITY SECTOR STRENGTHENING ACTIVITIES IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
SECURITY SECTOR STRENGTHENING ACTIVITIES IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

BANGUI: Following the Decree of H.E President Archange Touadéra on the establishment of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Central African Republic in July 2018 and the subsequent nomination of officials to the commission, RECSA has taken concrete steps to support the operationalization of the CNC-ALPC.

RECSA, with funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) conducted a fortnight-long capacity building exercise on 5th – 16th November for members of the National Commission on SALW and for the CAR armed forces.

Week 1:

On the first week, RECSA’s professional staff and the Commissioners of the CNC-ALPC held a capacity development workshop intended to guide the CNC-ALPC in actualizing the responsibilities given to the commission by the President and in accordance with the provisions of the Nairobi Protocol and other regional and international instruments on Small Arms and Light Weapons. The workshop will contribute to the development of the National Action Plan on Small Arms and Light Weapons that the Commission is currently developing.

Technical expertise was provided by RECSA’s Principal Officers for Communication, Resource Mobilization, Monitoring and Evaluation, Finance, ICT, and Physical Security & Stockpile Management (PSSM)

Week 2:

In light of ongoing security sector reforms in CAR, RECSA conducted a week-long training of 40 senior officials drawn from various state agencies on international best practices in weapons and ammunition management. The training was conducted between 12th and 16th November and facilitated by the RECSA-region Senior Instructors drawn from the armed forces of Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya.

The capacity building exercises are a demonstration of the commitment of the government of the Central African Republic to strengthen its own security capacity and also deal with the problem of Small Arms and Light Weapons that have contributed to fragility in the resource-rich country.

In July this year, H.E. President Archange hosted the RECSA Executive and assured him of CAR’s commitment to implement its obligations under the Nairobi Protocol. RECSA will continue with the Capacity building exercises with the support of the AfDB.

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