Liberia Small Arms Commission promotes improved Arms Recordkeeping System


Monrovia, Tuesday December 14, 2021 The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) has received a funding grant from the Voluntary Trust Fund of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to implement a one-year project to improve arms recordkeeping system in Liberia. 

 

The project “Filling Arms Control Record-keeping Gaps in Liberia” is being implemented in collaboration with the Center for Arms Violence Reduction (CAVR), an Australian based international organization with specialization in arms record-keeping and management.

The project seeks to upgrade State and Civilian arms record keeping, licensing, tracing and international and regional reporting system with Arms Tracker record-keeping systems.

 

The project consists of migrating from the current Regional Small Arms and Light Weapons Tracing System (RSTS) to the Arms Tracker Database Software and will involve scoping, customization and installation of the Arms Tracker, training and ongoing system upgrades and support. The project will also work with relevant agencies and community organizations to increase support for community reporting of illicit arms flows and possession.

 

As part of startup activities of the project, LiNCSA held a high-level inception meeting with heads of state security agencies as well as representatives from the Center for Arms Violence Reduction (CAVR) and the ECOWAS Commission Small Arms Division on November 30, 2021.

 

During the meeting, the Chairman of the Small Arms Commission, Atty. Teklo Maxwell Grigsby, II indicated that the Arms Tracker System is a great opportunity for the security sector and would provide training opportunities for state security officers particularly the various Small Arms Control Units (SACU) of the Police and other Security Agencies.  

 

Chairman Grigsby thanked ECOWAS, CAVR and the Government of Liberia for the support and encouraged heads of Security Agencies to make inquiries that will address their concerns on the migration of Arms Tracking System.

 

Atty. Samuel Dakana, Coordinator in the office of the National Security Advisor, commended the Arms Trade Treaty Secretariat for the support and acknowledged the important role of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) in improving arms recordkeeping system within state security agencies.

 

Speaking via zoom, Dr. Sani Adamu of the ECOWAS Commission Small Arms Division lauded the efforts of CAVR for elevating the process of arms and ammunition record-keeping in ECOWAS member states including Liberia. He reiterated ECOWAS call for collaborative efforts in the fight against illicit arms trade particularly in respect to accurate database system for arms control and prevention. He lauded the Government of Liberia’s commitment to regional arms control peace and security.

 

Participating via zoom, CAVR representatives Alistair Gee and Phillip Alpers thanked the Small Arms Commission for the collaboration and informed the participants that the Arms Tracker Software is safe with standard data security features which will be easy to use, no cost attached as well as multiple language options. CAVR’s role in the project is to customise, install, train and provide on-going support to the ArmsTracker System to improve arms record keeping in Liberia.

 

Specifically, the Arms Tracker System is designed to prevent diversion and illicit trafficking of conventional arms by improving the accuracy, security and permanence of arms records while assisting in tracing, transfer and management.