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Burkina Faso
: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA 2010 
: 04/05/2011
National Report
: 2010

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Decree No. 2009-301/PRES/PM/SECU/MATD/MEF/MECV/MJ/MCPEA establishing the regulation of civilian arms and munitions in Burkina Faso regulates all phases of acquiring small arms and light weapons, including production, export, import, transit and retransfer. A proposed amendment to Decree No.2001-268 of 8 June 2001 concerning civilians arms and ammunition would establish a Directorate General in the National Identification Office which would take over the responsibilities of the current Central Bureau and be equipped with computer systems to take charge of centralising all data on civilian arms and ammunition in Burkina Faso.



National Marking Practices:

In Burkina Faso arms are marked according to their country of origin; the artisanal small arms manufacturers have been registered by the Ministry of Security. However, in as much as they themselves are mostly illiterate, they do not keep records and have no concept of the marking system.

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:

Craft producers have been registered by the Ministry of Security. However, in as much as they themselves are mostly illiterate, they do not keep records.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Needs and Request for Assistance::
With the support of the ECOWAS Small Arms Control Programme, we have planned to train craft producers and strengthen their capacity in 2010. Any other assistance and cooperation available for this purpose would be welcome.

Implementation challenges and opportunities:

Given the limited information available to Burkina Faso, or at least to the National Commission, about the adoption of the ITI, the country was unable to implement it. However, recognising that the identification of all weapons is a major component of the fight against the proliferation of and trade in SALW, the National Commission held a workshop from 8-10 November 2005 for memebers of the Association of Manufacturers, Dealers and Importers of Arms and Ammunition and members of civil society and the Government. The workshop focused on the ECOWAS Code of Conduct as well as the marking of arms and ammunition to improve traceability.