April 20, 2012, the Dominican Republic received the donation from the OAS of a firearms marking machine. This formal ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States with the presence of Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, the Permanent Representative of the Dominican Mission to the OAS, Ambassador, Dr. Robert B Saladin, the Chairman of the Permanent Council, Ambassador Leonidas Rosa Bautista, Mr. Steve Costner, Associate Director for Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA) of the Government of the United States, Major General (EN) Andres Apolinar Disla, Military Attache of the Dominican Republic and Colonel Juan Antonio Bello Balaguer, PN (DEM) an adviser to the IADB.
The cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Interior and Police of the Dominican Republic and the OAS General Secretariat is part of the project entitled "Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean", agreement has already been signed by the Minister of Interior and Police of the Dominican Republic, José Ramón Fadul. Under that agreement, too, the Dominican Republic, will be receiving Firearms Marking Machine, and training for use thanks to contributions from the Government of the United States and the OAS General Secretariat.
With this marking machine, the Dominican Republic will have another tool in their fight against Illicit Traffic in Firearms, and at the same time, will combine efforts for the implementation of the Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking of Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), signed in 2009.