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DCM Nicholas Hill's Remarks on Workshop I: Organizational Development and Legal/Regulatory Issues

June 6, 2011

Thanks you very much for participating in this work shop presented by the State Department's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.

The United States appreciates Mongolia’s commitment to non-proliferation as evidenced by its participation in the Second Line of Defense program, in which it operates radiation portal monitors, and now by its participation in the EXBS (Export Control and Related Border Security) program.

The September 1 deadline the Sub Working Group has set to complete the draft strategic trade management laws to be presented to Parliament underscores your commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1540. 

We commend you on this and want to stress that the United States is committed to our bilateral relationship in helping Mongolia develop a robust export control and border security program.

As you know, the EXBS program is designed to help stem the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems and prevent the irresponsible transfers of conventional weapons.

By developing strategic trade management laws Mongolia will be taking an important step in creating the infrastructure of a 21st Century economy. 

As suppliers -- both countries and businesses -- expand their markets, they look to countries with strategic trade management laws in place before considering selling production technology and critical inputs or providing capital to build advanced manufacturing plants that use or create dual-use goods. 

The laws which you draft will be part of a national trade facilitation system which investors seek as part of a favorable business climate.

As many of you heard Justin Friedman, the Director of the State Department's Export Controls Office, discuss on his recent visit to Mongolia, there are many benefits from having a system of strategic trade management laws in place:

  • Increased revenue collection from reducing evasion of customs and excise duties;
  • Enhanced national security and regional stability;
  • Tools for implementing many international requirements including UN Security Council Resolution 1540 which obligates member states to enact and enforce controls to prevent the proliferation of WMD.

Your work today and through the next few months serves to make Mongolia more stable, stronger, and safer.

Thanks very much again for participating today.