The goal of the roundtable is to identify the required elements for the needs assessment to be conducted in Ukraine and for the potential technical assistance project/s.
Based on a request from the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine to support international co-operation mechanisms and capacities to address cross border smuggling of weapons and ammunition, the OSCE conducted a preliminary fact finding mission in Ukraine in July 2016 and met with the relevant national services involved in preventing arms smuggling via the state borders. The fact finding mission concluded that the assistance to the Ukrainian border security and management services in area of weapons, ammunition and explosives smuggling must be based on a comprehensive needs assessment due to the complexity of the legal framework and institutional procedures. The scope of the needs assessment will be established at this national round table.
Specifically, the participants will focus their discussions on the following areas: 1) Sub-regional co-operation for combatting smuggling of weapons, ammunition and explosives; 2) Standard operating procedures concerning safekeeping and handling of seized weapons, ammunition, and explosives; 3) Technical assistance for preventing weapons, ammunition and explosives smuggling; 4) Improved security and safety of the storages and transportation of seized weapons, ammunition, and explosives, as well as service weapons and ammunition; 5) Record-keeping and inter-agency information exchange.
The goal of the round table is to identify the required elements for the needs assessment to be conducted and for the potential technical assistance project/s. The objectives of the round table are aimed at: i) discussing the mandate of working groups to be established, which will support the process and identify suitable experts; ii) providing inputs for the development of experts’ terms of reference; iii) identifying specific training needs, number of trainees, locations of training events and the resources required for conducting the events; iv) identifying the needs in equipment and relevant tools; v) discussing field visits to border-crossings.
The outcome of the round table will be identification and collection of baseline data and target values for the development an assessment project. Thus, the participants are expected to contribute to the discussions by providing relevant information and data.