The government of Togo, through its National Commission on small arms and light weapons (CNLPAL Togo) organised a week-long training of trainers in physical security and stockpile management, marking and record-keeping from 08 to 12 July 2019 in Lomé, Togo, as per weapons and ammunition management international standards, notably the modular small arms control implementation compendium (MOSAIC) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG).
The trainings were hosted by the Togolese CNLPAL, with the technical support of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament (UNREC), the African Centre of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA). These trainings were held in the framework of the project entitled ‘Technical Assistance for Physical Security and Stockpile management, Marking and Destruction of Small Arms and Light Weapons and related ammunitions in Togo’, implemented with the financial support of the State of Japan.
Thirty-five (35) participants selected from key branches of Togo’s defence and security forces, especially the Army, the navy, the air force, the gendarmerie, the police, the customs service, the park rangers, the prison guards, the fire service and the National Commission on small arms and light weapons attended the training sessions.
The main goal of the activity is to enhance control over the national stocks to prevent diversion of state owned weapons and ammunition to criminal networks and extremist groups. The trainings also aim at tackling other dimensions of the illegal proliferation of small arms and light weapons by improving crime elucidation and prevention trough sound record keeping and tracing, including the marking and tracing of weapons legally owned by civilians in Togo as per norms set by the Economic Community of West-African States (ECOWAS) convention on small arms and light weapons, their ammunition and other related materials.