VERTIC participates in Wilton Park conference on strategic trade control in the Caribbean

Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in an invitation-only Wilton Park conference in Bridgetown, Barbados, during 4-6 October, on 'Strengthening strategic trade controls in the Caribbean: preventing WMD proliferation and safeguarding borders'. The conference had the objectives of developing a Strategic Trade Licensing Framework (STLF) that CARICOM Member States can leverage to prevent the movement of strategic commodities across regional ports and borders; drawing up a Control List Construct (CLC) to assist CARICOM Member States in meeting obligations under UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 (2004); and proposing training in effective risk analysis and in targeting strategies to prevent the export, re-export, import, transit or transhipment of strategic goods and training in the utilisation of trade information/intelligence to detect suspect transfers and to minimise impediments to legitimate trade. These objectives were organised into three sessions, which were preceded by two sessions on the requirements of UNSCR 1540 and the goals of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction. The participants, representing nearly all countries in the Caribbean region, also discussed in working groups the legal and regulatory requirements for UNSCR 1540, border and port security requirements, and the nexus between strategic non-proliferation controls and development. They also participated in a break-out session on establishing national and regional action plans for UNSCR 1540.

Mr Spence presented during the session on strategic trade control lists, to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, in national legislative frameworks. The presentation is available here. He also facilitated the first working group on legal and regulatory requirements for UNSCR 1540 and was the rapporteur for one of the two break-out sessions on establishing national and regional action plans. 

The conference, and Mr Spence's participation in the Wilton Park conference, took place in association with Global Affairs Canada and the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM). VERTIC is grateful to the Global Partnership Program of Global Affairs Canada for the funding to make his participation possible.

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