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Export controls key to maintaining security

Update: September, 29/2012 - 08:41

HCM CITY (VNS)— The need for more stringent export controls related to maintaining national and regional security was highlighted at a conference held in HCM City yesterday.

Tran Thanh Hai, deputy head of the Import-Export Administration under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said many acts of terrorism have occurred recently in the world related to political and religious issues, and several countries were in possession of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

The situation has seriously affected the security of each country in particular and the region in general. Therefore, export control activities were necessary to limit potential accidents, he said.

He said that keeping in mind the important role export plays in the process of transforming the economy, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and other ministries have issued various regulations to strengthen exports while ensuring national security and defense.

Viet Nam's consistent purpose in its export control policies was to prevent the dispersal of items that endanger society while creating maximum favourable conditions for businesses to enhance exports, he said.

Atsuko Nishigaki, director of the Office of International Affairs for Security Export Control of Japan, said export control aimed at preventing products and technology that can be used to develop weapons or military material by countries or terrorist forces, threatening the world's peace and security.

"There are certain dual-use goods or technologies that can be used for both civil and military purposes. They are generally intended for civil use, for example, in industry, but can also be used to develop weapons or military material," she said.

She urged Viet Nam to complete export control regulations in an effort to further develop the country's economy and contribute to regional security.

She said many experts were concerned that terrorism forces can take advantage of "loopholes" in Viet Nam's export control regulations to transit dangerous products.

Tran Xuan Long, director of Import-Export Administration's Legal Affairs, said the country would soon review existing regulations on export control mechanisms with a view to making them more comprehensive.

"It will also strive to enhance international co-operation in order to bring the country's export control systems in line with international standards," he said.

Furthermore, the department would work to increase awareness of the importance of export controls among officers, civil servants, citizens and businesses, he said.

The conference was jointly organised by Viet Nam's Ministry of Industry and Trade and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. — VNS

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