Since 2006, the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) has been active in the field of several outreach projects in different areas.
Between 2006 and 2014 BAFA had been mandated by the European Union with the task of implementing EU-Outreach programmes in the area of export control, both for dual-use items and for conventional arms. The aim of these outreach programmes was to offer partner countries technical support to develop and/or strengthen their export control systems in order to prevent the international exchange of goods destined for the production of WMD as well the illicit transfer of conventional arms. In 2006, BAFA started to implement the EU - Outreach Programme in Export Control of Dual-Use Items. The EU-Outreach programme on Export Control of Conventional Arms (COARM) was conducted by BAFA between 2010 and 2014. In 2014, BAFA was also mandated to implement the EU ATT Outreach Project (ATT-OP) which is co-funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and BAFA. In addition, BAFA was involved in the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative as the consortiums leader of the project n° 5 on “Knowledge Development and Transfer of Best Practice of CBRN Import/Export Monitoring” (2013 – 2014) as well as consortium partner in project n° 8 “Prerequisite to strengthening CBRN national legal frameworks”. BAFA is further the implementing agency for project n° 38 “Export control outreach for dual use items”.
In addition to the efforts in the above-mentioned projects, which are funded by the European Union, BAFA started to implement outreach projects solely based on fundings by the German Federal Foreign Office in 2015. These projects offer the opportunity to organize tailor-made activities on a bilateral level as well as on a regional level, such as the ATT implantation Support Measures and the Export Control Programme, which has its main focus on the area of conventional arms.