ATT Implementation Support Measures 2016 project
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Under the auspices of the 'ATT Implementation Support Measures 2016' project, a series of bilateral and regional seminars financed by the Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA), a bilateral workshop entitled "The Arms Trade Treaty and Challenges of Illicit Trafficking and Diversion took place in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda on 09-11 November 2016. 26 participants from Antigua Barbuda's Ministry of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Customs, Police and the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering participated in the three-day workshop. Experts from Croatia, Sweden, the UK as well as representatives of CARICOM IMPACS and BAFA supported the event.
The workshop focused on effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty in Antigua and Barbuda as well as inter-governmental coordination and regional cooperation in the area of licensing and enforcement. Legislation and procedures relating to arms transfer controls were topic of in-depth discussions during the course of the three-day event. Representatives of CARICOM IMPACS drew attention to the need for national and regional implementation of effective arms control controls to address related issues such as arms and drug smuggling as well as terrorist activities. The need for an efficient national control system, including the use of control lists, has been highlighted as a prerequisite for successful regional cooperation. In this regard, a special focus was laid on exemplifying the EU Dual-Use and EU Common Military List. Another finding was that the ATT can serve as a platform for regional cooperation, while the CARICOM ATT Model Law opens the possibility of harmonizing national legislations in the Caribbean.
The Federal Foreign Office and BAFA would like to thank all participants of this successful workshop and look forward to a continuation of more Outreach activities for the CARICOM region in 2017.