Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
July 27, 2009
On June 25-27, 2009, the 10th International Export Control Conference was held in Istanbul. Turkey.
The U.S. government and the Republic of Turkey co-hosted the event, which was conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program.
Conference participants included more than 200 delegates from 60 countries, as well as experts from numerous international and non-governmental organizations.
Featured speakers included Ambassador Tomur Bayer, Director-General for Security Affairs, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Eliot Kang, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy and Negotiations; Douglas Silliman, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy Ankara; and Federal District Court Judge Richard Stearns.
The Conference helped promote international cooperation in developing effective export and border controls to prevent proliferation of WMD and destabilizing conventional arms.
During the Conference, participants had the opportunity to learn about recent developments regarding proliferation challenges, the multilateral nonproliferation regimes, UNSCR 1540/1810 requirements and available assistance, regional cooperation, NGO support for national export control systems, and licensing and enforcement matters.
Additionally, participants discussed practical nonproliferation measures, such as government outreach to industry, countering proliferation financing efforts, investigating and prosecuting proliferators, risk assessment, and automated licensing systems.
The Conference proved to be highly successful in providing a forum for participants to identify common challenges, discuss possible solutions, and establish regional and global contacts to strengthen cooperation on export control and related border security activities.
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