Posted: November 21, 2019
Implementation of an Effective Export Control Regime Increases Credibility of South Africa
|The implementation of an effective export control regime increases the credibility of South Africa. This was said by the Director of Compliance Liaison and Enforcement at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Ms Flora Mamashela who was addressing the South African Council for Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction’s quarterly education and outreach programme with companies involved in nuclear-related industry in Pretoria today.
The outreach programme was intended to provide an understanding of South Africa’s obligations in terms of Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and to control and manage matters relating to the proliferation of such weapons, nuclear in particular.
According Mamashela, South Africa has signed, ratified and joined a number of international treaties, conventions and regimes promoting the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction with the goal of promoting international peace and security.
Against this backdrop, Mamashela said the implementation of the international instruments depends on an effective export control system, which involves the imports and exports of listed goods and technologies. This increase the credibility of South Africa as a reliable and responsible, producer, supplier, recipient and end user of these sensitive goods and technologies. It also promotes trade and allows the South African industry to gain access to advanced technologies, which promotes industrial development.
The Director of Scientific Support at the dti, Mr Matome Mookodi said the transfer of goods controlled by the Nuclear Suppliers Group, both trigger list and nuclear dual-use, are governed by the guidelines as developed by NSG members, but implemented through domestic legislation.
The outreach included interactive discussions regarding the overview and work of the Council, South Africa’s non-proliferations international obligations and its impact on the industry and the latest developments in the non-proliferation control environment with emphasis on the need for compliance.