The European Union supports South-East Asia in its efforts to control the export of dual use goods
Kuala Lumpur, 23 March - Participants from 7 South-East Asian countries attended a Regional Seminar on Transit and Transhipment in Kuala Lumpur from March 22-23, hosted by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and supported by the European Union (EU).
This activity takes place in the framework of the EU P2P (Partner-to-Partner) Export Control Programme for Dual-Use Goods, which is active in 6 regions with 34 participating countries. Dual-use goods (including software and technology) are intended for good purposes but could potentially be misused to harm humans, animals or the environment. Export Control or Strategic Trade Management aims at allowing exports and imports to be carried out freely, but in critical cases only under a valid license. It is a major contribution to international peace and security. Strategic Trade Management creates trust, a clear conscience, and can even create more business opportunities – in trade and in foreign direct investment. Hence, it is key for high tech industries and international technology transfer.
This activity is also part of the Project 47 of the EU Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (CBRN CoE). The EU funded CBRN CoE Initiative covers 56 participating countries in 8 regions of the world. Its Regional Secretariat for South-East Asia is hosted by the Philippine government and has the 10 ASEAN member states as members on a bilateral cooperation basis, contributing to a strong international network.
The workshop was officially closed by Y.B. Datuk Chua Tee Yong, MITI's Deputy Minister and H.E. Mrs. Maria Castillo Fernandez, EU Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia. They stressed the importance of export control of dual use items and associated technologies to curb proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.