National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:
National Marking Practices
The issue of marking is currently under discussion with the arms-manufacturing parties to the Wassenaar Arrangement. At the national level, the National Commission has taken surveys of traditional arms manufacturers with a view to:
(1) Better regulating them;
(2) Registering identifying markings by manufacturer;
(3) Enabling the State to monitor this socio-professional class.
When this activity is completed, it will be possible to mark and trace the majority of the traditionally produced weapons in Mali.
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:
Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests:
The issue of tracing is closely linked on the one hand to national and subregional registries where all small arms and light weapons and features necessary for tracing must be listed, and on the other to information exchange. ECOWAS initiated activity in these areas through what it terms “national surveys”, and all 15 ECOWAS States are now involved.