The implementing consortium of the European Union Partner-to-Partner (P2P) Programme on Dual-Use Goods Trade Control organised together with the National Focal Point (Prime Minister’s Office, Security and Enforcement Division) a workshop on the legal framework of Brunei Darussalam in relation to dual-use trade controls, in Bandar Seri Begawan on 14 and 15 March 2017.
The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss the existing legislation and regulations of Brunei Darussalam that establish controls on trade, together with local experts, to exchange on international practices in this area and study the possibilities for enhancing specific controls on the international trade of dual-use items that can be technically diverted to proliferation and non-peaceful purposes. 11 participants from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Attorney General’s Chambers, Customs, Ministry of Health, Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation - Ministry of Development, and Port Authority shared their experiences and views on the existing legislation and contributed to defining options for a national dual-use trade control system in accordance with international best practices and on the basis of existing mechanisms.
After a fruitful exchange of views and analysis of the current legal framework, the stakeholders participating in the workshop agreed on the main directions for adopting and implementing a dual-use trade control system in Brunei Darussalam. The general consensus is to discuss the design of a new law amending the current legal framework, and define a licensing processes based on existing sectoral ministries and complemented with an inter-ministerial coordinating committee.
The experts committed to engaging with interested parties in the EU in order to move this process forward under the EU P2P Programme.