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Conference on “Promoting Strategic Trade Controls through International Cooperation” Islamabad, 5-6 September 2022

Last modified: September 7, 2022
Closing Remarks by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood
The conference was organized with the aim to promote interaction of national and international policy-makers, enforcement agencies, public sector organizations, private industry, and the academia. The idea was to benefit from their perspectives on a variety of topics, including Strategic Trade Management (STM), implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions on WMD-proliferation and its financing; and recent developments in the multilateral export control regimes.
It is a great pleasure to join you all at the closing of this important conference on “Promoting Strategic Trade Controls through International Cooperation”. I thank the NUST Institute for Policy Studies (NIPS), for its collaboration with the Foreign Office in holding this event.
These technologies are all pervasive and no longer the preserve of a few supplier states. A truly effective regime will necessitate the participation of all the interested stakeholders, including emerging economies which are making great strides in these new and emerging technologies. Furthermore, given the extensive applications of these technologies in mitigating the global challenges of climate change, public health, water, energy and food security, access to these technologies should not be denied based on political considerations.
I am confident that the conference has met its objectives. We hope it and would lead to better understanding of the challenges related to trade in dual-use technologies and that such understanding would pave the way for streamlining of the control regimes for sensitive technologies to ensure unhindered trade for legitimate purposes while addressing the risk of proliferation.
Such a transformation is warranted by the advent of new technologies like Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), 3D printing, A.I., biotechnologies, quantum computing, and lethal autonomous weapon systems.
AoA & Good Afternoon
Islamabad, 5-6 September 2022.
On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I also thank the panelists and experts for their valuable contributions to the deliberations on various aspects related to the subject matter of this Conference.
The UN recognizes science and technology as one of the key enablers for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the need for international scientific and technological cooperation in an increasingly interconnected global community.
Distinguished participants,
Distinguished participants,
Distinguished participants,
Distinguished Guests,
Given Pakistan’s thriving S&T landscape, with extensive expertise, experience and technological capabilities in ICTs, biotechnologies and nuclear applications, it clearly qualifies for participation in the existing multilateral export control regimes.
Pakistan shares the global concern regarding the threat posed to international peace and security by proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). It supports a strong rule-based, equitable and non-discriminatory international arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament regime, premised on the principle of equal security for all states. Such a regime is imperative for the maintenance of international peace and stability.
Honorable Chairs of NSG and MTCR

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