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Burundi
Source
: National Report on the Implementation of the ITI and the PoA, 2008 
Date
: 09/07/2008
National Report
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Contact
: Mr. Sylvestre Kibeceri
Email
: kibesy@yahoo.fr
 
 
 
 


National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

A GTZ/EAC sponsored process of revision and harmonisation of national legislation on SALW is almost complete and will integrate the provisions of the International Tracing Instrument. Following this, additional regulations and proecudres will be promulgated.

 

 
 
 


National Marking Practices:

Two Burundian officials (one from the army and one from the police) received RECSA-funded training on firearms tracing in Mombasa, Kenya on 31 March - 4 April 2008. At the end of this training, marking equipment consisting of machines and computers to establish a basic data management system was allocated to Burundi. The newly trained officials will now train other national officials in order to begin the marking of all arms following the provisions of the Nairobi Protocol on Small Arms (Article 7 (a), (b) and (c)). Roughly 50,000 SALW’s presently thought to reside within army, police and authorised civilian possession will be recorded in a census and then marked.

Marking at the time of import:

Marking of SALW in the possession of government armed and security forces:


Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:



 
 
 


Accurate and comprehensive records for all marked SALW within their territory:

BINUB/UNDP is working on an ongoing basis with both the FDN and the PNB on implementing computerized registration systems for the organisational management of weapons utilised by their personnel. The automating of the previous decentralized and paper-based systems is being executed in complement to the census and marking of all SALW. The first phase of the programme involving equipment and network installation was initiated in February 2009 and targets the FDN logistics Brigade (in Bujumbura) responsible for the national Forces’ weapons acquisition and distribution. Delivery of the relevant software required for the set-up of an eventual country-wide electronic communications and coordination network specific to SALW’s is expected by June 2009.

 
 
 


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests
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Operational Informaton Exchange:

Needs and Request for Assistance::
Weapons held illegally by the civilian population cannot be either marked or traced before they are collected. The strategy thus adopted by Burundi for substantially reducing the number of weapons in civilian hands is to offer a programme of “weapons for development” in order to provide a means of compensating weapons holders in kind. Nevertheless, in achieving this objective, the country continues to encounter problems of financial resources given that it is a programme that requires substantial funds.

Implementation challenges and opportunities: