India joins elite multilateral export control regime

NEW DELHI: In a considerable development, elite export control regime Wassenaar Plan () on Thursday decided to admit India as its new member, which is expected to raise New Delhi’s stature in the field of non-proliferation besides assisting it obtain crucial technologies.

The decision was taken at the two-day plenary conference of the organizing in Vienna.

“Wassenaar Arrangement participating states examined the development of a variety of current subscription applications and concurred at the plenary meeting to admit India which will become the Arrangement’s 42nd getting involved state as quickly as the essential procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed,” the grouping said in a declaration.

India’s entry into the export control regime would improve its qualifications in the field of non-proliferation regardless of not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The WA subscription is also expected to develop a strong case for India’s entry into the 48-member Nuclear Providers Group+ ().

Significantly, China, which stonewalled India’s entry into the 48-nation NSG is not a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement.

The Wassenaar Plan plays a substantial function in promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of traditional arms and dual-use items and innovations.

Its member nations are needed to guarantee that transfers of these items do not add to the advancement or enhancement of military abilities which weaken these objectives. The goal is also to avoid the acquisition of these products by terrorists.

In June last year, India signed up with the Rocket Technology Control Program+ (MTCR), another essential export control regime, as a complete member.

Since its civil nuclear deal with the US, India has been aiming to enter into export control regimes such as the NSG, the MTCR, the Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement that regulate the traditional, nuclear, biological and chemicals weapons and technologies.

French ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler praised India on “joining” the Wassenaar Plan.

“One more recognition, after MTCR, of the growing function India plays in today’s world,” he said.

In the plenary session, the WA declared its strong support for robust export controls on an international basis as a crucial tool for making sure international peace and stability.

It also embraced brand-new export controls in a variety of areas, consisting of military dynamites and particular electronic components.

“Existing controls were further clarified concerning ground stations for spacecraft, submarine diesel motor, technology associated to intrusion software, software for screening gas turbine engines, analogue-to-digital converters, non- volatile memories and details security,” the grouping said in the declaration at the end of the two-day meeting.

The next regular plenary conference of WA will be held in Vienna in Austria in December 2018, it was announced.


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