By Azania Post Reporter
THE South African Development Community (SADC) has said it is ready to work with the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) secretariat in furthering its objectives.
This was said by the executive secretary of SADC Dr Stergomena Tax when she met Amb Nobushige Takamizawa, the President of the Fourth Conference of States Parties (CSP4) to the ATT and Permanent Representative of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr Tax said in a statement that among the objectives include the establishment of highest standards for the trade in conventional arms as well as the prevention and eradication of the illicit trade in conventional arms.
In addition, she appreciated the importance of integrating the security ethos of the treaty with other human development efforts, thereby maximizing the value factor arising from member states becoming state parties to it.
Dr Tax, met with the delegation at SADC House in Gaborone, Botswana, which earlier was requested by Ambassador Takamizawa, who wished to brief the Executive Secretary on the status of signing and ratifying the ATT among the global community in general and the SADC Region in particular, to promote awareness about the treaty and to propagate its benefits to state parties.
During the engagement, Amb Takamizawa and his delegation briefed the Executive Secretary that the ATT has 93 state parties to-date, 41 States are signatories but are yet to become States Parties, while 59 States are yet to join the ATT.
The President of the CSP4 highlighted the need for the ATT Secretariat and SADC to accelerate joint work, aimed at attaining a higher state of signing and ratification of the ATT.