Committee of CIFTA
The Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of
and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other
Related Materials, in its Articles XX and XXI, establishes the
creation of a Consultative Committee and sets forth its functions,
structure and meetings.
In accordance with Article XX of the Convention, the Consultative Committee
has the following functions:
a) To promote the exchange of information contemplated under this
b) To facilitate the exchange of information on domestic legislation and
administrative procedures of the States Parties.
c) To encourage cooperation between national liaison authorities to detect
suspected illicit exports and imports of firearms, ammunition, explosives,
and other related materials.
d) To promote training and exchange of knowledge and experience among States
Parties and technical assistance between States Parties and relevant
international organizations, as well as academic studies.
e) To request from nonparty states, when appropriate, information on the
illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition,
explosives, and other related materials.
f) To promote measures to facilitate the application of this Convention.
The Consultative Committee, comprised of a representative from each State
Party, began its operations in March of 2000, once the tenth instrument of
ratification was deposited and, since then, it has been holding one annual
ordinary meeting and extraordinary meetings when they have been necessary.
The Consultative Committee has one Secretariat Pro tempore, which is
undertaken by one State Party. Mexico and Brazil, in that order, have been
elected and undertaken the Secretariat Pro tempore.
The OAS General Secretariat, pursuant to the resolutions of the OAS General
Assembly and the Internal Rules of the Consultative Committee, undertakes
the functions of administrative and technical secretariat to said Committee.
The decisions of the Consultative Committee are of a recommendatory nature
and confidentiality of any information received must be maintained by the
Committee in compliance with its functions, if it were requested.