Wassenaar Arrangement Decides to Make India its Member

In a significant development, elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) decided to admit India as its new member. This would raise New Delhi’s stature in the field of non-proliferation besides helping it acquire critical technologies.

The decision was taken at the two-day plenary meeting of the grouping in Vienna. India’s entry into the export control regime would enhance its credentials in the field of non-proliferation despite not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
About the Wassenaar Arrangement in Brief-
The Wassenaar Arrangement (WA), the first global multilateral arrangement on export controls for conventional weapons and sensitive dual-use goods and technologies, received final approval by 33 co-founding countries in July 1996 and began operations in September 1996.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for RBI Assistant Mains 2017 Exam-
  • Wassenaar Arrangement Secretariat- Vienna, Austria.
  • The current Head of Secretariat- Ambassador Philip Griffiths (New Zealand).

Source- DD News


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