India to assume chairmanship of Wassenaar Arrangement
Recently India has assumed the presidency of the plenary session of the Wassenaar Arrangement for one year.
- The 42-member Wassenaar Arrangement is a voluntary export control regime that monitors transfers of conventional arms and dual-use items.
- Dual-use items refer to items that have both military and civilian uses.
- It may be noted that during 30 November – 1 December 2022, the 26th annual plenary of the Wassenaar Arrangement was held in Vienna.
- It was chaired by Ambassador Eoin O’Leary of Ireland to Ambassador Jaideep Majumdar of India, who is Permanent Representative to the United Nations and International Organizations in Vienna.
- India joined the Wassenaar Arrangement in December 2017 as the 42nd member.
- The Wassenaar Arrangement is a multilateral export control regime that works to promote transparency and greater accountability in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies through the regular exchange of information among its members. Does
- The purpose of this arrangement is to monitor such transfers and prevent the “accumulation with the intent to destabilize” conventional weapons and dual-use goods.
- The secretariat of the Wassenaar Arrangement is in Vienna, Austria.
Source – PIB