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One of the main catalysts for the changing regulatory framework is globalisation and the reduction of defence budgets. These challenges make it imperative for defence manufacturers to capitalise upon emerging and foreign markets to harness available opportunities.

SMi’s Defence Trade Controls Conference will address specific efforts to regulate military exports, looking at lessons learned and the requirements which have been identified by industry. The conference will address the role of export control systems, country specific export licensing regulations and international traffic in arms import and export regulations. It will also discuss procurement issues, trade barriers and the future of export control policies.

Gain an insight from leading experts in the field, including:

  • Ulf Brühann, Conseiller, DG Enterprise, European Commission
  • Spencer Chilvers, Head, International Policy Unit, Export Control Organisation, Department of Trade and Industry, UK
  • Jean-Luc Vo Van Qui, Director, Technology and Strategic Exports Control, General Secretariat for National Defence, France
  • Claus Warnken, Deputy Head, Conventional Arms Export, Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany
  • Ambassador Sune Danielsson, Head of Secretariat, Wassenaar Arrangement
  • Matthijs C Wolters, Head, Arms Control and Arms Export Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
  • Richard Hesse, Chairman, Export Control Committee, AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
  • Dr Eugene Kogan, Independent Defence Industry Analyst

Chaired by:

Dr Alexandra Ashbourne, Director, Ashbourne Strategic Consulting

The aims and objectives of the conference are to…

EXPLORE the changing role and reform of military export licensing

LEARN about the current and future implementation of export licences

HEAR about governments’ efforts of enhancing transparency and control

UNDERSTAND emerging approaches in arms control and non-proliferation policy

IDENTIFY the challenges, implementation controls and barriers

For speaking opportunities please contact Marita Junemann on mjunemann@smi-online.co.uk

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Alexandra Ashbourne

Dr Alexandra Ashbourne, Director, Ashbourne Strategic Consulting

9:10 INTRO COMMUNITY CIRCULATION OF DEFENCE PRODUCTS

  • The European industrial base – current situation and challenges
  • Understanding the regulatory framework
  • Implications for the future of European defence trade
  • Ugo Bassi

    Ugo Bassi, Head of Unit, DG Internal Market,, European Commission

    Dr Ulf  Brühann

    Dr Ulf Brühann, Counselor, Defence Products, DG Enterprise , European Commission

    9:50 DOING BUSINESS WITH THE UK

    Spencer Chilvers

    Spencer Chilvers, Head, International Policy Unit, Export Control Organisation, Department of Trade and Industry, UK

  • International commitments and legislation
  • The Export Control Organisation – functions, working methods, licence types and licence-processing times
  • Transparency and parliamentary scrutiny
  • Liaison with exporters
  • Current and future challenges
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 UPDATE ON FRENCH MILITARY EXPORT CONTROLS

    Jean Luc Vo Van Qui

    Jean Luc Vo Van Qui, Director, Technology and Strategic Controls, Secretariat General Of National Defense

    11:40 FACILITATING ARMS EXPORT LICENSING PROCEDURES

    Claus  Warnken

    Claus Warnken, Deputy Head, Conventional Arms Export, Ministry Of Economics

  • New types of licenses
  • Open licenses
  • Tailor-made licenses for transnational defence companies
  • Bulk licenses for international co-operative armament programmes (Global Project Licenses)
  • Accelerating the decision-making process
  • Preliminary inquiries
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 DUTCH ARMS EXPORT POLICIES

    Matthijs C Wolters

    Matthijs C Wolters, Head, Arms Control and Arms Export Policy Division, Security Policy Department - DVB, , Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

  • Transparency issues
  • Furthering the international agenda: TCI and ATT
  • 14:30 TOWARDS THE SINGLE EU DEFENCE MARKET

    Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz

    Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz, Director, EU Management Consulting, Unisys Belgium

  • Obstacles to a internal defence market
  • Cost of current situation
  • Practical scenarios for a community initiative
  • Impact assessment for a global licensing and traceability system
  • Impact assessment for a global licensing and traceability system

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 IMPROVEMENT OF LICENSING PROCEDURES FOR EXPORTS TO NEAR ALLIES

    Richard Hesse

    Richard Hesse, Chairman, Export Control Committee, Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe

  • Analysis of the current situation
  • Best practices and Deficiencies
  • Current Developments
  • ASD proposals
  • 16:20 CURRENT DEFENCE INDUSTRY CODES

    Dominique P Lamoureux

    Dominique P Lamoureux, Vice President, Ethnics and Corporate Responsability , Thales

  • Evolution of the export rationale
  • The demand for corporate responsibility
  • Company best practices
  • Certified company concepts
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Alexandra Ashbourne

    Dr Alexandra Ashbourne, Director, Ashbourne Strategic Consulting

    9:10 WASSENAAR ARRANGEMENT ON EXPORT CONTROLS FOR CONVENTIONAL ARMS AND DUAL-USE GOODS AND TECHNOLOGIES

    Ambassador Sune Danielsson

    Ambassador Sune Danielsson, Head of Secretariat, Wassenaar Arrangement

  • Recent developments
  • 9:50 SUCESSFULLY NAVIGATING US EXPORT CONTROL STATUTES AND REGULATIONS

    Greg Ashby

    Greg Ashby, Sector Director, Export/Import Management, Northrop Grumman Information Technology

  • National security and promoting geographical stability
  • Promoting and assisting international trade
  • United States industry quandary
  • Case Studies of successful US Contractors and European programs
  • US industry and export regulation concerns
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 DEFENCE TRADE AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

    Dr Eugene Kogan

    Dr Eugene Kogan, Independent Defence Industry Analyst,

  • The appeal of the Chinese market
  • Arms export to China and their re-export from China
  • Intentional and/or ambiguous loopholes in the Chinese system
  • What needs to be done to stem loopholes?
  • Future trends in defence trade control
  • 11:40 UK DEFENCE TRADE CONTROLS

    Dan Hood

    Dan Hood, Senior Associate, Projects Group, Simmons & Simmons

  • Evolution of the export rationale
  • The demand for corporate responsibility
  • Company best practices
  • Certified company concepts
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 FEARED BY THE BAD, LOVED BY THE GOOD

    Michael JV Bell

    Michael JV Bell, Group Export Controls Consultant, BAE Systems

  • Industry globalisation and national controls
  • Implications of licence denial patterns
  • Controlling lower risk exporters, trade partners, exports
  • Open licences as mechanism for focus risk
  • 14:30 INDUSTRIAL CO-OPERATION FOR MILITARY PROCUREMENT

    Craig Campbell

    Craig Campbell, Vice President, Procurement Services, Hill & Knowlton

  • Why Industrial co-operation?
  • Industrial co-operation policies throughout the world
  • Industrial co-operation- obstacle or opportunity
  • Future trends
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MOVING EXPORT CONTROL FORWARD

    Jan-Erik  Lövgren

    Jan-Erik Lövgren, Deputy Director General, Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP)

  • The present Swedish system
  • International co-operation
  • Strengths and weakness today
  • Future trends
  • Conclusions for future military export licences
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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