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CAMYOSFOP, RECSA Sign Agreement On Combating Small Arms, Light Weapons

General Bedreldin (L) & Ngalim exchanging signed MoU on Combating SALW

Lt. General Bedreldin (L) & Ngalim exchanging signed MoU on Combating SALW

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai

The Cameroon Youths and Students Forum for Peace, CAMYOSFOP, and the Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States, RECSA; have signed an agreement geared at supporting governments to combat the illicit proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, SALW. The Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the two organisations was signed in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 9, 2022. The Executive Director of CAMYOSFOP, Eugine Ngalim Nyuydine, signed for his organisation, while Lt. General Bedreldin Elamin Abdelgadir endorsed for RECSA.

The signing of the MoU crowned a seven-year-long collaboration between the two organisations on the fight against the illicit proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Cameroon and Central Africa.

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The MoU, according to the Executive Director of CAMYOSFOP, “aims at a joint mobilisation and support of government on the fight against SALW as well as the joint drafting of feasible proposals; fundraising and implementation of projects in Central and East Africa.

RECSA, it should be noted, is an intergovernmental organisation with 15 member states with its Secretariat in Kenya. RECSA is a specialised agency on the question of small arms with extensive recognition at the global level. In August 2021, RECSA recognised CAMYOSFOP for work on the fight against SALW in the ECCAS region and her contribution to the implementation of the Africa Amnesty Month on weapons collection in Cameroon.

CAMYOSFOP Track Record On Arms Control

Tracing the involvement of CAMYOSFOP in arms control, Ngalim said it dates back to 2001, when the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA) was adopted and the organisation, since then, has ceaselessly engaged the state of Cameroon and member states of ECCAS in adhering and implementing key arms instruments. He said instruments include: the PoA, the Kinshasa Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in Central Africa, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the firearms protocol, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) amongst others.

“During the past years, CAMYOSFOP has been involved in capacity strengthening of the member states of ECCAS on their technical and operational capacities on the implementation of the PoA and the Kinshasa Convention through the MOSIAC modules of the establishment of National Commissions on small arms and light weapons (NatCom), National Action Plans on SALW (NAP), and the involvement of women and youth in the nature of small arms; as well as data collection on Sustainable Development Goal 16.2.4 on SALW and the International Tracing Instrument (ITI) on SALW. CAMYOSFOP was a key player in fast-tracking the ratification of the Kinshasa Convention in 2016 and the ATT in 2018 by the Republic of Cameroon,” Ngalim disclosed.

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In addition, CAMYOSFOP is a member and founder of several platforms, including the Cameroon Action Network on Small Arms (CANSA); Central Africa Action Network on Small Arms (RASALAC); Civil society Platform for Peace and Conflict Prevention in Central Africa (COPAC); International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), Control Arms, and so on.

Ngalim maintains that CAMYOSFOP is a strategic partner of the Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS) and has played a great role in shaping its programmes on the fight against the illicit proliferation of SALW in the region. He noted that for over the years, CAMYOSFOP has also collaborated with RECSA especially in advocating for the creation of a Commission for the control and management of SALW in Cameroon as well as engaging the state of Cameroon in the ratification of the ATT in June 2018.

CAMYOSFOP owns a UN Consultative Statute since 2013 and is Cameroon’s Representative to the Africa Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC).

The Executive Director, Ngalim Eugine Nyuydine, chaired the Peace and Security Cluster of ECOSOCC from March 2015 to June 2019 actively contributing to the drafting and implementation of the Africa Union Master Road Map on Silencing the Gun in Africa by 2020.

In Cameroon, CAMYOSFOP is the government implementing partner of Amnesty month. Amnesty Month is a proposal of civil society through ECOSOCC under the leadership of Ngalim.

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