The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons in collaboration with Conflict Armament Research (CAR) has held a meeting with security agencies to introduce the itrace”, an international tracing database system as a tool for tracing illicit weapons globally and discuss the possibility for CAR to document the seizure of illicit materiel (weapons, ammunition and commercial explosives) by the security forces.

The meeting was held last Tuesday in Accra and it was attended by representatives from both Government and Security Agencies and two experts from CAR

Addressing the workshop, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Jones Applerh, expressed his excitement over the partnership between the two entities.

According to him, the partnership complements the efforts of the Commission in fighting the trafficking, recycling and proliferation of weapons and related materiel in Ghana and beyond.

He further revealed that in fighting against the illicit trafficking and proliferation of SALW, the Commission is developing a comprehensive database that will be shared with the security agencies and help with the tracing of weapons and their related materiel.

In their presentation, the representatives from CAR revealed the organization’s willingness to provide capacity building support on Weapons and Ammunition Management, basic training on the safe handling of explosives and the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).