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Awareness Raising Seminar on Export Control of Dual Use Goods for Laotian Officials

Awareness Raising Seminar on Export Control of Dual Use Goods for Laotian Officials

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Event date: 11/07/2017 - 14/07/2017

The EU P2P Consortium implemented an awareness raising seminar on strategic trade controls in Vientiane from 11 to 14 July 2017. The seminar targeted specifically the members of a newly established Working Group that will spearhead the creation and operation of a strategic trade management task force for dual-use controls under the coordination of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Lao PDR.

Thirty participants representing the ministries and relevant agencies identified as members of this Working Group attended the seminar. Mr. Soulinhon Philavong, Director General of the Department of Import and Export in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce who is also the Deputy Head of the Trade Facilitation Secretariat, represented the Minister of Industry and Commerce at the opening ceremony of the training. The EU was represented by Mr. Koen Everaert from the EU Delegation to Laos. Mr. Philavong expressed the Laotian Government’s appreciation for the work done by the EU in the strategic trade controls field. He pointed out that the EU is currently the only foreign supporter to providing capacity building activities on this important subject. Mr. Everaert reassured that the EU will continue providing support to Lao PDR under the EU P2P outreach Programme and more specifically, the "CBRN Centres of Excellence Project No 47 for Export Controls Cooperation in South East Asia". In this regard, he requested Lao PDR to identify specific areas of priority where the EU could focus its efforts for backing up the Lao PDR to adopt, implement and enforce effective strategic trade controls in the country.

Presentations were provided by four EU experts on three key aspects: licensing and the licensing process; transit and transshipment controls and, commodity identification and classification. The training comprised specific case studies and examples and concluded with an inter-agency exercise. This practice-oriented approach allowed participants from the newly established Working Group to acquire a better understanding on how the inter-government process required for the implementation of export controls takes place.

The EU P2P trainers team had also the opportunity to meet with the Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Bounmy Manivong to discuss future capacity building programmes under this project.

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