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Brokering Control


Côte d'Ivoire
: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA, 2010 amd 2008 
: 04/05/2011
National Report
: Mr. Désiré Godefroy Benoît Adjoussou, Controller-General of Police
: dgadjoussou@yahoo.fr

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Law 98-749 of 23 December 1998 and Decree 99-183 of 24 February 1999 governing light weapons and ammunition address measures related to production. However, they do not take up the issues of stockpiling, marking, tracing and brokering in SALW. In order to regulate this matter, a preliminary draft set of regulations on small arms and light weapons was prepared at the Conference on measures to combat the proliferation and illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons, held in Grand-Bassam in May 2005. Article 2 of the draft regulations provides that small arms and light weapons, ammunition and related materials shall be subject to the tracing, marking and registration system; this article applies to existing weapons as well as weapons acquired in the future.



National Marking Practices:

Marking at the time of import:

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

The defence and security forces have adopted rigorous internal measures providing for specific registration and tracing procedures for the weapons made available to them for the performance of their activities.

Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:


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

Ivorian legislation provides for two registries, one for individuals and one for dealers. 1. Individual registry: There is a registration and traceability procedure in connection with the issuance of purchase authorizations and licences to bear arms. It provides for the recording of the purchaser's name, occupation, position, and home address, the number and date of the licence and the characteristics of the weapon (type, make, calibre, number, smooth-bore or rifled, etc.). 2. Dealer registry: Dealers must keep a special daily log numbered and initialed on each page by the Minister responsible for the implementation of the regulations or his representative. This log is used to record the type, make, calibre and number of each weapon sold, the name, occupation and home address of each purchaser and the date and number of the purchase or import authorization. The preliminary draft decree prepared in Grand-Bassam in May 2005 provides for the establishment of a databank centralizing all information on small arms and light weapons nationwide. This will involve the collection and exchange of all pertinent information on small arms and light weapons in all their aspects among national and local authorities. All holders of permits for the manufacture of arms or ammunition or for arms repair must keep a special register numbered and initialled on each page by the Defence Minister or his representative.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Once the arms registry has been updated, information will be transmitted to the ECOWAS Executive Secretariat

Needs and Request for Assistance::

Implementation challenges and opportunities:

The adoption of texts amending and supplementing the current regulations on arms and ammunition will undoubtedly strengthen capacity in many areas, including marking, tracing and registration.