July 21, 2018

Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery has indicated to Parliament that his Ministry is taking steps to implement the Arms Trade Treaty.

According to the Minister his Ministry is working on a Cabinet memo on the matter for submission to Cabinet for approval.

He further indicated that, the Arms Trade Treaty was acceded to and ratified by Parliament in 2015 and came into force for Ghana after the 22nd of March, 2016.

“Mr. Speaker the implementation of the treaty requires Ghana to put in place certain measures which includes, designation of a competent National Authority, a National Focal Point, a National Control list, strategies to prevent and address the diversion of conventional arms to unauthorized end-users among others”, he said.

Under Article 11 and 75 of the 1992 constitution, the provisions of the arms treaty has to be domesticated and Ghana would have to adopt a legislation, develop rules and administrative measures for implementation.

“Although there are some law some laws on arms and ammunitions, we need to review our legislations to the United Nations standard”, he said.

He was responding to the Member of Parliament for Builsa North James Agalga’s quest to know if there are plans by the Interior Ministry to implement the Arms Trade Treaty which was acceded to and ratified by Parliament in 2015.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com