The United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) has developed a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the safe and secure management and stockpiling of small arms, light weapons and ammunition for use by the security sector in of Chad. These SOPs were developed within the framework of the UNREC-led Physical Security and Stockpile Management –PSSM Sahel project are designed to help reduce the risk of diversion and illicit trade in small arms, light weapons and their ammunition in the region by supporting six countries in the Sahel, namely Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria to improve the security and management of state-held arms .
They are based on the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunitions Technical Guidelines (IATG). The workshops to validate the SOPs organized in collaboration with the Chad National SALW Focal Point were held from 24-27 October 2017 in N'Djamena. They brought together more than 40. Senior national officials (policy makers and technical experts) to review the SOPs and to reflect on the current security situation and concerns in Chad.
The SOPs are expected to be adopted as Chad’s national standard operating procedures on physical security and stockpile management. The Regional Centre will continue to support the Chad authorities in rolling out the SOPs throughout the country.