Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia

EU trains 8 Malaysian government agencies in implementation and enforcement of the Strategic Trade Act

Brussels, 16/08/2021 - 15:54, UNIQUE ID: 210816_9
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161 Malaysian licensing and enforcement officers refreshed their knowledge of strategic trade controls in 4-half-day virtual sessions in July and August 2021

Brussels, 16 August 2021 - The EU P2P (Partner-to-Partner) Programme for Dual-Use Goods partnered up with the Strategic Trade Secretariat of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia once more for this training which strengthened synergies, cooperation and inter-agency processes between licensing and enforcement agencies. The virtual workshop increased the common understanding of the participants by looking into practical issues of implementing the Strategic Trade Act (STA) of 2010. It also provided examples from other ASEAN countries and EU member states.

The 161 participants came from Royal Malaysian Customs, the Atomic Energy Licensing Board, the Maritime Enforcement Agency, the Strategic Trade Secretariat, the Royal Malaysia Police, the Labuan Financial Services Authority, the Central Bank of Malaysia and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. Especially newly recruited officers had the opportunity to increase their knowledge of strategic trade controls which are required by the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540, aiming at preventing non-state actors from acquiring chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, their means of delivery and related materials.

“After this successful training, the EU P2P Programme for Dual-Use Goods is offering its support to establish a centre in Malaysia to train trainers for future workshops”, said Mr. Mohamed Shahabar Abdul Kareem, Long Term Regional Expert for South-East Asia of the programme who was the first Strategic Trade Controller of Malaysia in his former professional life.


The activities of the EU P2P Programme for Dual-Use Goods in South-East Asia are delivered by Project 64 of the EU Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (CBRN CoE). The initiative works with 62 partner countries in 8 regions. The Regional Secretariat for the 10 participating South-East Asian countries has been hosted by the government of the Philippines since 2013. The CBRN CoE provides a platform to exchange experience and increase knowledge in prevention and mitigation of and response to CBRN risks of accidental, criminal or, like pandemics, natural nature. It has 4 ongoing projects in South-East Asia while 23 have already been completed. The CBRN CoE works in close collaboration with international organisations.

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