JOHANNESBURG, (Xinhua) -- The
Pan-African Parliament (PAP) will this week host a regional seminar with the
Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in Johannesburg to
curb the illicit trade in firearms in Africa.
scheduled for March 2-3, is meant to increase parliamentary engagement,
understanding and ownership of regional and international arms control
President, Roger Nkodo Dang said there is a need for the continent to fight the
illicit trade in firearms in the continent.
continental Parliament, the PAP needs a strengthened mandate in order to
effectively facilitate and provide a platform for continuous parliamentary
action and engagement on the risks posed by SALW,” he said.
countries have not ratified the Malabo Protocol which will give PAP legislative
legislative powers, it will be challenging to effectively harmonize and
coordinate national and regional efforts and legislations for silencing the guns
in Africa by 2020,” he said.
Olofsson, secretary general of the Parliamentary Forum on SALW said violence and
prolonged conflicts in several African countries are fuelled by the availability
and misuse of illicit SALW.
flows negatively affect sustainable development and pose a threat to human
security and sustainable peace. Effective steps to tackle the uncontrolled
proliferation of SALW are crucial to prevent and reduce armed violence, hence
the need to empower law-makers to reinforce their legislative, oversight and
awareness-raising functions for national implementation of international arms
control frameworks,” Olofsson said.
from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and
Malawi will take part in the seminar with other PAP members.