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10th International Export Control Conference to Take Place in Istanbul, Turkey - June 25-27, 2009

June 24, 2009

The 10th International Export Control Conference, co-hosted by the governments of Turkey and the United States, and sponsored by the U.S. Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program, will take place at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey on June 25-27, 2009.  Speakers will include Ambassador Tomur Bayer, Director-General for Security Affairs, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Douglas A. Silliman, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy Ankara, and the United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Threat Reduction, Export Controls, and Negotiation, C.S. Eliot Kang.  They will be joined by numerous other senior officials from the Government of Turkey.  

The Conference will bring together nearly 200 officials from more than 50 countries, as well as experts from numerous international and non-governmental organizations, to address the latest developments in the export control and border security arenas.  The Conference will help promote implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 as well as international cooperation in the global effort to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat the common threat of proliferation of WMD.   


During the Conference, participants will discuss new WMD proliferation challenges, recent developments in the multilateral nonproliferation regimes, regional cooperation, and critical licensing and enforcement matters.  Additionally, participants will examine practical nonproliferation measures, such as government outreach to industry, countering proliferation financing efforts, investigating and prosecuting proliferators, risk assessment, and automated licensing systems.  The Conference will provide a forum for participants to identify common challenges, discuss possible solutions and establish regional and global contacts to strengthen cooperation on export control and related border security activities.