Ghana’s Parliament Pressured To Back Arms Trade Treaty

Ghana’s Parliament Pressured To Back Arms Trade Treaty

Ghana is pressuring its parliament to to endorse the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

According to Colonel Seth Ohene Asare, Chairman, Ghana National Commission on Small Arms (NACSA), about 90 percent of weapons used in criminal activity were locally manufactured. And an illicit trade thrives because the weapons were sold across borders.

Asare urged the passage when he chaired the opening ceremony of the planning meeting for the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region.

The workshop included representatives from the Gambia, Ghana, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Togo and Benin was sponsored by the British Government.

Between 250,000 to 500,000 small arms and light weapons are in circulation in Ghana.

“The Arms Trade Treaty is a United Nations multilateral agreement that regulates the international trade in conventional weapons, including small arms, battle tanks, combat aircraft and warship, aimed at preventing arms-flow to conflict regions,” reports Ghana Business News.