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The role of effective stockpile management in preventing illicit trade and diversion: lessons from Sierra Leone
Under the Presidency of Sierra Leone, one of the key focus areas of CSP7 is the role of effective stockpile management in eradicating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons (SALW).

In recent years, Sierra Leone has achieved strong progress on arms control, including rehabilitation of weapons and ammunition storage facilities, weapons marking, and training in armoury and ammunition storekeeping/ management, weapons and ammunition destruction and munitions safety programming.

In order to provide a framework for future actions to secure state-held weapons and manage ownership of civilian weapons, SLeNCSA developed a National Strategic Plan on Weapons and Ammunition Management which sets out key objectives for the period up to 2023.

This side event will showcase lessons learned from Sierra Leone, with a focus on the importance of partnerships and sustainable capacity building. It will examine the role that effective stockpile management can play in preventing illicit trade and diversion and how this can enable the implementation of the ATT, as well as other commitments on SALW control. It will also look forward, examining remaining challenges and future plans.

Panellists:
• Nicolas Florquin - Head of Unit, Data & Analytics at Small Arms Survey (Moderator)
• Ambassador Dr Lansana Gberie, Sierra Leone
• Rtd Lt.Colonel MS Bangura, SLeNCSA
• Emilie Mbaye, Regional Programme Manager - West Africa, MAG
• Philip Alpers, Centre for Armed Violence Reduction
• Albrecht von Wittke, Head of Division for Conventional Arms Control in the Federal Foreign Office of Germany
• Adenike Cole, Coordinator, Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms
• Dr Adamu Mohammed Sani, Deputy Head of the Small Arms Division, Directorate of Peace and Regional Security, ECOWAS
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