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  • Developing, implementing, and managing the EXBS program to help partner governments to establish, strengthen, and enforce strategic trade and border control systems and responsible policies consistent with international practices.

  • Assessing the effectiveness of program countries’ national strategic trade control systems.

  • Aiding other nations in fulfilling their United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 commitments. UNSCR 1540 (April 2004) requires UN member states to adopt and enforce effective laws and measures to prevent non-State actors from developing or acquiring WMD.

EXBS Activities

Training and Equipment

The EXBS program draws from the expertise of its implementers to provide nearly 100 types of activities and training that address every aspect of the five core pillars of strategic trade controls at the local, national, and regional level. These include specialized topics relevant at every step of the strategic trade control system, from proliferation awareness for senior policymakers, to legal/regulatory models, to licensing practices, to commodity identification training and detection and enforcement techniques at air, land, sea, and rail borders. The EXBS program also provides state-of-the art detection equipment and equipment training.

International Conferences and Seminars

EXBS sponsors regional and global conferences to bring national policymakers and technical experts together to share information about proliferation challenges and the latest developments in the multilateral nonproliferation regimes, to compare experiences, and to facilitate information-sharing and networking. EXBS sponsors regular international export control conferences and global transshipment seminars, as well as many regional conferences. EXBS events have also focused on UN Security Council Resolution 1540 implementation and improved controls on conventional arms, including small arms/light weapons and dual-use items.

Interagency Coordination

ISN/ECC has a mandate from the White House to coordinate U.S. Government assistance in the area of export and related border control assistance, and does this primarily through its chairing of the Interagency Working Group on Nonproliferation Export and Border Control Assistance (IWG). Through this mechanism, ISN/ECC coordinates the efforts of other U.S. Government agencies that have independent programs to work in the nonproliferation strategic trade control/border security area in order to ensure an integrated U.S. Government effort.

ECC has taken steps to strengthen interagency coordination by developing an interagency donor strategy that was drafted with input from U.G. Government agencies represented in the IWG.

Several U.S. Government programs, the private sector, academic community, and international organizations participate in implementation of EXBS outreach. For instance, EXBS collaborates with the DOE/INECP in delivery of commodity identification training to partner countries’ border enforcement officials. Further, licensing and enforcement experts from the Department of Commerce, Justice, and Homeland Security contribute their expertise to EXBS activities.

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