Friday, 13 November 2015

PSSM Training in Germany

BICC held a one-week training course on physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) in Geilenkirchen, Germany, from 9 to 13 November 2015. This training course was organised with the participation of governmental representatives from Members States of the Sub-regional Arms Control Mechanism (SARCOM).

Group of participants, instructors and organisers that have attended the PSSM Training course. Photo: ZVBw/L. Wedeniwski

The training was attended by 18 representatives from various governments’ members of the SARCOM organisation, such as Chad, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Sudan and South Sudan. It has also included the participation of a representative of the SARCOM organisation in itself and a representative of two relevant regional organisations such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Regional Center on Small Arms (RECSA). Participants from these regional organisations made an excellent complement to the audience as they were able to interact with national representatives about their experiences and challenges currently facing.

The training was provided in co-operation with the Verification Center of the German Armed Forces at the Geilenkirchen Barracks where Captain Laurentius Wedeniwski and the members of the Verification Center facilitated the training. The course covered not only topics such as “International and regional legal instruments relevant to the arms control agenda” but also, presented best practices on “Physical security measures: Internal and external.” The training also provided a more practical dimension to the participants by visiting an ammunition depot, that made it possible to relate theory with reality.

A very positive feedback was provided by the participants at the end of the training. Indeed, participants had an opportunity to interact actively on the topics that heavily affect their countries, not only with the instructors but also with others participants. As they pointed out, they do not often have the possibility to get together to discuss about the problem posed by the illicit proliferation of conventional weapons and on the different challenges their countries are facing in implementing best practices with regard to a safe and secure management of munitions.

Captain Laurentius Wedeniwski, from the Verification Centre of the German Armed Forces, addressing the participants in preparation for the visit to an munitions depot

Conrad Schetter, Research Director at BICC, is presenting a more in depth introduction of the Institute to the participants, who visited BICC’s facilities

Brigadier General Peter Braunstein, Verification Centre of the German Armed Forces, addressing the participants on the final remarks of the training course

Photos: BICC/N. Acharya (photo at BICC); ZVBw/L. Wedeniwski (other)