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Niger
Source
: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA, 2008 
Date
: 14/07/2008
National Report
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Contact
: Colonel Mai Moctar Kassouma, President of the National Commission for the Control and Collection of Illicit Arms
Email
: maimoctark@yahoo.fr
 
 
 
 


National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:


 

 
 
 


National Marking Practices:

In Niger, unmarked or insufficiently marked arms are considered to be illicit arms.

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:

SALW in the possession of government armed and security forces are recoreded in a general register. There are also sub-registers, including: (a) a register of arms by unit; (b) a register of collected arms; (c) a register of defective arms; (d) a register of arms assigned to civil authorities; (e) a register of arms in civilian possession; (f) a register of the distribution of ammunition per unit.

 
 
 


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests
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Niger is not a SALW manufacturer but receives donations of arms from friendly states through official channels. These arms are received and verified with reference to the delivery note, then registered before being distributed to various entities. This procedure enables the tracing of arms that enter Niger through official channels. In this case of loss of a firearm from the defence or security forces, radio messages are sent to the different divisions of the relevant unit in order to conduct searches.

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Niger cooperates with ECOWAS states.

Needs and Request for Assistance::

Implementation challenges and opportunities:

Niger has taken part in all international processes towards the adoption and implementation of binding international instruments on the marking, tracing and transfer of SALW. Niger took part in the capacity-building workshop to support the implementation of the ITI for Western and Central Africa, held in Lomé, Togo in 2008. One challenge facing Niger in the implementation of the ITI is that the upkeep of registers is still done manually.