HCoC Expert Mission to Ivory Coast

On 12 December 2019, the FRS, conducted an expert mission in Ivory Coast to discuss and debate the HCoC.

9:00 Welcoming remarks
 Préfet Yao KOUADIO, President, ComNat-ALPC
 Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, Foundation for Strategic Research
 Laurent D’ERSU, Deputy Head of Delegation, European Union Delegation to Ivory Coast

10:00 Session 1: The Hague Code of Conduct: structure and contribution to international security
SPEAKERS:
 Anita KROKAN, Principal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, Representative of the HCoC Chair
 Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, Foundation for Strategic Research
 Philipp RÖSSL, Attaché, Embassy of Austria to Nigeria, Representative of the Immediate Central Contact (ICC)


TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
 Presentation of the Code
 The concrete meaning of joining and implementing the HCoC
 The HCoC in Africa and ECOWAS: positions and evolution
 Successes and challenges of the HCoC in the current environment

14:00 Session 2: The HCoC in Ivory Coast’s non-proliferation and disarmament policies
MODERATOR:
 Jean-Jacques GORGUI, Administrator, Defence and Security Committee, National Assembly
SPEAKERS:
 Jean MASSON-CHEREL, Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
 Ivory Coast’s non-proliferation policies and stance as a non-permanent member of the UNSC
 The relevance of joining the HCoC in relation to Ivory Coast’s non-proliferation policies
 The role of CBMs in addressing ballistic proliferation
 Issues arising from dual-use technologies
 Issues of WMD proliferation in relation to non-state actors

15:45 Session 3: WMD non-proliferation: links with regional governance
MODERATOR:
 Jean MASSON-CHEREL, Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research
SPEAKERS:
 Christiane AGBOTON-JOHNSON, Director for Special Programmes, Centre des Hautes Etudes de Défense et de Sécurité (CHEDS), Dakar
 Mouhammed-Awali IBOURAIMA, Disarmament Projects Manager, UNREC


TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
 HCoC within the framework of peace and development policies in Western Africa
 The WMD threat to Western Africa
 Related issues: SALW cross-border trafficking in Western Africa and Ivory Coast
 Regional governance on non-proliferation and disarmament


17:00 Concluding remarks