Barbados hosted the Second Arms Trade Treaty Implementation Workshop from March 15-17, 2017.

Thirty officials from the Customs Department, the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Defence Force and the Office of the Attorney General participated in the Workshop which was held at the Radisson Hotel Aquatica Resort.  Discussion focused on several critical elements of the Treaty, including Tackling Diversion, Brokering, End-Use Controls and the Identification of Weapons, Parts and Components.  

Experts from the European Union and CARICOM IMPACS toured the Bridgetown Port.  This was followed by a targeted session for 15 Customs Officers focusing on tools and techniques to enhance interdiction and enforcement. 

The workshop was opened officially in a ceremony where remarks were delivered by:

  • The Hon. Adriel D. Brathwaite, Q.C., M.P., Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs of Barbados
  • Silvia Kofler, Charge d’Affairs, European Union Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM
  • E. Mr. Lutz H. Görgens, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Barbados
  • Michael Weiss, Project Manager, Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA), Germany.

This Workshop forms part of the European Union (EU) P2P Export Control Programme which is sponsored by the EU and the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented by the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA).