Small Arms Control

Over the last decade, the links between Small Arms and Light Weapns (SALW) proliferation, conflict, national security and development have manifested themselves. The interdependence of small arms control, security and development suggests that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere which is conducive to the production and distribution of small arms. It prevents people from conducting business, leading to reduction in trade and foreign investment. Furthermore, SALW fuels the illicit trafficking of natural resources such as oil, minerals and timber. Ghana has enjoyed relative peace and largely escaped civil strife in comparison to most African countries.

However, the Ghanaian Government is increasingly concerned about the extent of illicit SALW proliferation and has taking a number of steps to address the problems of proliferation and production.