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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Physical security and stockpile managment \ Orientation course in Khartoum, Sudan

In partnership with the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) and the Sub-regional Arms Control Mechanism (SARCOM), BICC organized and conducted a physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) seminar on weapons management in Khartoum from 24 to 28 September 2017.

Ammunition boxes in a Sudanese armoury. All Photos: BICC.

The course was attended by 29 participants from the Sudanese Army, the Sudanese-Chad joint border Battalion, the Federal Police, Police and civilian representatives involved in the Sudanese disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme.

The objective of the course was to enhance the participants’ knowledge of physical security and stockpile management. Special attention was paid to the Nairobi Protocol, which defines clear rules and regulations for states in Eastern Africa as well as on the attempts of Interpol to reduce the illicit transfer of arms. On a technical level, the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATGs) as well as standard operating procedures (SOPs) in weapons management.

The participants were led through a series of practical exercises (e.g. on marking and tracing) as well as participatory lectures covering, amongst others, the area of ‘risk management’ and ‘physical security’ of national stockpiles by BICC- and RECSA-trained Senior Instructors from Kenya, Rwanda and the Seychelles. As part of the course, participants also visited an armoury where an assessment exercise was conducted.

The training was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office as part of the project Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) Capacity Development and Technical Advice in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

Deputy ambassador Holger Tillmann and BICC Technical Advisor Nikhil Acharya during the opening ceremony of the PSSM Orientation Course.

Course participants discussing the training content during a practical exercise.