Central African Republic: First general assembly of the Central African Action Network on Small Arms

The Central African Action Network on Small Arms (CAANSA) held its first annual general assembly in Bangui, Central African Republic from 13 November – 3 December. Nearly 40 members from 11 Central African countries attended the meeting, as well as IANSA Africa Programme Officer Nounou Booto Meeti and representatives from the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP), the Central African government and National Commission on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), and a small arms expert from the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). The assembly adopted a strategy for CAANSA for 2012-2015, which included plans for strengthening cooperation between civil society organisations working on small arms in the region; and exploring how to raise funds for the network. They also amended and adopted the CAANSA founding documents, and welcomed new members. The event was organised with financial support from the ‘2ième Programme d’appui de l’Union européenne à la CEEAC en matière de paix et de sécurité’   (PAPS2) and the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.