Small Arms in Africa

The Small Arms Transparency and Control Regime in Africa (SATCRA) seeks to encourage those African States that are concerned by and eager to stem the flow of small arms and light weapons, to promote transparency and openness by partaking in a three-phase project. The present project is limited to specific implementations to be realized only in Phase I, which
extends from 1 February 2003 to 31 January 2004.

During the first phase, five African States will initiate both dialogue and consensus building. Mali, Togo, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Gabon, and Djibouti have already expressed strong interest in participating. In addition, Phase I will include a regional workshop on transparency to discuss and approve a framework for action and a work programme, taking inventory of local small arms and light weapons producers (both private and public-owned facilities), and the establishment of effective, uniform national small arms and light weapons databases. These databases will then be the platform for creating a web-based, regional register to be known as the Small Arms and Light Weapons Register for Africa (SALWRA).

Phase II from 1 February 2004 to 31 January 2005 will focus primarily on expanding participation and the scope of the project. Furthermore, it will aim at providing assistance to the Member States in formulating and/or revising legislation and procedures pertaining to indigenous manufacture of small arms and light weapons in Africa. Phase III from 1 February 2005 to 31 January 2006 will focus on further expanding participation and consolidating project achievements.