14TH INTERNATIONAL EXPORT CONTROL CONFERENCE
State Dept Image/Mar 16, 2014/14th International Export Control Conference in Dubai, UAE
The Governments of the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates co-sponsored the 14th International Export Control Conference, entitled “Strategic Trade Controls: From Foundations to Practice” in Dubai during March 16-18, 2014. The conference succeeded in advancing the ability of governments around the globe to employ strategic trade controls to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
This international conference brought together over 250 officials from over 60 countries, as well as experts from international and non-governmental organizations and industry to consider the ramifications of recent developments in controlling strategic trade and related enforcement practices. During the conference, the participants identified evolving proliferation challenges and threats, and acknowledged the importance of adhering to multilateral nonproliferation regimes and employing effective strategic trade controls to prevent WMD proliferation.
This export control conference proved particularly useful as a forum for exploring common challenges, discussing practical solutions and lessons learned, and building a community of strategic trade control practitioners committed to WMD nonproliferation. Conference speakers honed in on the importance of preventing transfers of strategic commodities to proliferant states and terrorist organizations; complying with UN Security Council Resolution 1540 requirements and possible support for doing so; controlling transit trade in strategic goods; and complying with international standards for combating the financing of proliferation efforts. Participants also engaged in group tabletop exercises that reinforced the importance of sound licensing practices, industry participation in export compliance, and tailored enforcement techniques.
Notable participants and speakers included His Excellency Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates; Mr. Omar Ababneh from the United Nations 1540 Committee; Consul General Rob Waller, U.S. Consulate General in Dubai; Mr. Vann Van Diepen, the United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation; Mr. Simon Limage, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation; Ambassador Philip Griffiths, Head of Secretariat, Wassenaar Arrangement; Mr. Jeff Robinson, Assistant Secretary, from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia; and Mr. John Isaac, Assistant Director from London Heathrow Airport, Border Force, United Kingdom.