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OSETC JOINS ARMS TRADE TREATY RELATED TRI-COUNTRY WORKSHOPS

 

 

  • Cologne, Germany “Regional Seminar for ASEAN Member Countries: Efficiency in Enforcement and Licensing Procedures” November 23-24, 2016
  • Brussels, Belgium “Arms Trade Treaty – Outreach Project” November 29-30, 2016
  • Bangkok, Thailand “The Arms Trade Treaty and the Southeast Asia Region: Law and Implementation Mechanisms Training” December 7-9, 2016


BANGKOK, THAILAND

Group photo of the participants to the “The Arms Trade Treaty and the Southeast Asia Region: Law and Implementation Mechanisms Training” composed of various law enforcement agencies from the participating ASEAN countries, viz.: Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Also in attendance were observers and experts from Australia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The training workshop was organized and hosted by Nonviolence International Southeast Asia (NISEA) and Control Arms complemented by Thailand Royal Police  held at the Mercure Hotel Siam, Bangkok, Thailand for the period of three days December 07-09, 2016.

 


 
 
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

IMPRINTED SMILES - Shown are the delegates from several countries who participated in the two-day meeting on “Arms Trade Treaty – Outreach Project”,  held at Brussels, Belgium on November 29-30 2016 where Special Envoy ANSELMO SIMEON PATRON PINILI and Mr. Raison D. Arobinto, Desk Officer on Arms Smuggling all of OSETC, attended. The main agenda was focused on the results and outcomes of the three- year implementation of the EU-ATT Outreach Project.


Special Envoy Anselmo Simeon Pinili (2nd from left) and Mr. Raison D. Arobinto (right) from OSETC in a group photo opportunity with smiling Director Holger Beutel of Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA), Germany (4th from left) while holding the token of appreciation given by Philippine delegates.



FIRM PROJECTION –Special Envoy ANSELMO SIMEON PATRON PINILI delivered his talking points during the two-day meeting on “Arms Trade Treaty – Outreach Project” held at Brussels, Belgium on November 29-30, 2016.


    
COLOGNE GERMANY


THE RAMADA CONVERGENCE – Group photo opportunity of participants for the “Regional Seminar for ASEAN Member Countries: Efficiency in Enforcement and Licensing Procedures” held at Ramada Hotel, Cologne Germany on November 23 – 24, 2016 where Special Envoy ANSELMO SIMEON PATRON PINILI (second row, 4th person from left) and Mr. Raison Arobinto, Desk Officer (second row, 1st person from left).

 

 


VANTAGE POINT– Attentive participants and the signature pose of the Special Envoy ANSELMO P. PINILI and other delegates during the “Regional Seminar for ASEAN Member Countries: Efficiency in Enforcement and Licensing Procedures” held at Ramada Hotel, Cologne Germany on November 23 – 24, 2016


 

SYMBOLIC HANDSHAKE – Philippine delegates headed by Special Envoy ANSELMO P. PINILI, handed- over a token of appreciation to Mr. Michael Weiss, Project Manager at BAFA during the closing ceremony of the “Regional Seminar for ASEAN Member Countries: Efficiency in Enforcement  and Licensing Procedures”, held at Ramada Hotel, Cologne Germany on November 23 – 24, 2016.


 
Challenges (within the Philippine context):


1.    Ratification of the Treaty

a.  Speeding up and prioritization of ATT ratification by the legislators (Congress and

Senate); and

b.  Support from the civil society groups and concerned stakeholders

2.   Drafting and finalization of IRR of RA 10697 (Strategic Trade Management Act), a national

legislation supporting  ATT;

3.   Financial constraints for capacity and capability building programs for effective  implementation of ATT;

4.   Lack of training  programs for regulatory and law enforcement agencies;

5.   Lack of legal framework for regional or sub-regional cooperation;  and

6.   Sustained capacity and capability building programs for regulatory and law enforcement agencies. 

 

Recommendations:

 

1.  Legislators (both Congress and the Senate) to make necessary action (law granting the President of RP to sign the treaty) to speed up the ratification.;

2.   Conduct more activities and workshops involving all stakeholders to get everyone on the same direction;

3.   Continue partnership with international and regional organizations and institutions   for more capacity and capability building programs for the regulatory and law enforcement agencies;

4.   Support for Legal and Technical assistance for effective implementation of the Treaty; and

5.   Adopt and support  the ASEAN Convention Against Arms Smuggling.