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ON 26TH August 2021, The Executive Secretary of Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA), Lt Gen Badreldin Elamin paid a courtesy call to the EAC Secretary-General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The two officials discussed several issues touching on regional peace and security.

The EAC’ Secretary General commended RESCA for their commitment in preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit manufacturing, trafficking and use of small arms and light weapons in the sub-region. He also noted that RESCA plays a crucial role in the EAC regional integration agenda, by contributing to peace and security in the Partner States. 

Dr. Mathuki reaffirmed the EAC’s commitment to enhancing cooperation between the EAC and RECSA, noting the need for the two institutions to develop a framework that will guide not only the joint implementation of activities in the region but also the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol for the prevention, control and reduction of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa. 

Lt Gen Badreldin Elamin noted the need for collaboration in implementing programs that address cross-border as well as pre-and post-election security challenges in the region. He also introduced a new concept of responsibility sharing framework instead of M.O.U which has been used over the years. The Executive Secretary applauded the EAC for implementing various programs with RECSA targeting illicit small arms and light weapons control in the past including the initiation of firearms marking in the region that has improved identification of firearms that facilitates easy and reliable tracing.

The Secretary General Dr. Mathuki, affirmed his willingness and commitment to support the proposed responsibility sharing framework and advised the two teams to work on the framework immediately focusing on the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting. 

The EAC-RESCA responsibility sharing framework is set to provide for areas of cooperation on matters of peace and security in the region, including initiatives focused on disarming the mindset, ensuring compliance to instruments governing peace and security as well as the establishment of information-sharing mechanisms that will facilitate rapid and timely response to cross-border threats.

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