Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests:
DIMABEL is the National Point of Contact charged with receiving or initiating tracing requests, and, if neessary, with engaging the cooperation of other relevant institutions. The Government is to establish a National Centre for Tracing Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Related Materials which will be supported by the infrastructure already set up by DIMABEL, as well as with technical equipement provided by UNLiREC. This Tracing Centre will coordinate the collection of data, information and knowledge generation on firearms etc. As well as compiling national data the Centre will facilitate information exchange with other similar centres in the region and beyond. The IWETS National Central Office receives information requests from various member countries, especially Brazil and Colombia. These tracing requests concern firearms seized in armed robberies and which are suspected to have been imported in Paraguay. These requests are channelled to DIMABEL and importers and once information is received it is transmitted to the requesting countries. In some cases this has not been achieved with the sufficient speed due to the fact that the firms involved have not registered as companies which deal in arms or do not have the accounting records which could provide the information required.
Operational Informaton Exchange:
Paraguya has a agreement with Brazil on information exchange for the purposes of tracing. Paraguay also coopertates within Mercosur (Decree No. 8258/06). Nationally, the InterInstitutional Working Group, created by Decree No. 13973/01 coordinates the work of member institutions in the fight against illicit arms trafficking, including information exchange and joint operations.
Needs and Request for Assistance::
Paraguay requests technological assistance, including special equipment for firearms tracing, and capacity building in order to support the setting up of the new Tracing Centre.
Implementation challenges and opportunities: