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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Cross-border cooperation workshop in Khartoum, Sudan

In close partnership with the Sub-Regional Arms Control Mechanism (SARCOM) and the Regional Centre for Small Arms (RECSA), BICC conducted a “Cross-Border Cooperation Workshop” for the SARCOM region from 9 to 10 May 2018.

In the workshop, participants from the six SARCOM member states, i.e. Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, South Sudan and Sudan as well as international experts from UNREC, UNODC, Interpol’s Lusaka Task Force and

Civil society organizations were present. The participants discussed current challenges and threats in regard to illicit trafficking of small arms before identifying best practices and opportunities to increase joint border law enforcement cooperation within the region.

The workshop aimed to build on the consensus that enhanced cross-border cooperation would be mutually beneficial for bordering states, positively affecting security at the community, state and regional levels.  By bringing together a wide range of experts from the small arms community of practice and SARCOM member states, a cross-section of relevant experience on cross-border cooperation was shared, helping participants to begin to identify priority areas of cooperation and to eventually draft a roadmap on how best to achieve this.