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Group Photo of Participants at the ATT workshop in Freetown
Group Photo of Participants at the ATT workshop in Freetown The Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms ( SLeNCSA) in collaboration with Expertise France and its co-implementing partner BAFA has held a two  days workshop from the 22nd to 23rd October 2018 at the new Brookfields Hotel in Freetown.

  This workshop was designed to jointly define a roadmap for the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Sierra Leone and to give SLeNCSA an opportunity to identify the expectations of Sierra Leone in terms of actions to be engaged in and activities to be performed with the European Union partners.

The main objective of the workshop was to identify areas to support SLeNCSA on the completion of the implementation of the ATT which was adopted by the General assembly of the United Nations in April 2013 and was opened for signature on the 3rd June 2013.

Sierra Leone signed to the ATT on the 12 August 2013 and subsequently ratified it on the 13 August 2014.

The joint presentations by Expertise France and Saferworld focused on the main outcomes on the implementation of the ATT for the purpose of Contributing to international and regional peace, security and stability. They highlighted areas that they could come in to assist the commission to fully implement the ATT.

Deputy Commission Col (Rtd) Saa A. Sinah in his presentation said that Sierra Leone had done tremendously well in its domestication and reporting process in compliance of the ATT.

He emphasized on the need to amend the National legislations on arms control    to include conventional weapons which are the primary focus of the ATT. He pointed out that this could only be done by Parliament

Mr. Sylvain Paile-Calvo In his presentation made commitment on behalf of EU to support the Commission on its outreach and advocacy activities to members of parliament, civil societies, frontline officers, the police, immigration, customs, military and the general public through media campaigns.

   

 The Closing courtesy was done by the Commissioner Brig. (Rtd) Tamba R. Allieu who thanked the team from EU for a successful deliberation during the workshop and emphasized on the need for the Commission to have offices in the provinces.