India Joins Big Boys In Multilateral Weapons Export Control Regime

Indian army officers stand on vehicles displaying missiles during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Altaf Hussain/Files

On December 7, India has admitted into the club of Participating States(PSs) in the session of 23rd Wassenaar Plenary which was held in Vienna. The Permanent Representative of France, UN Jean-Louis Falconi chaired the session. India’s meeting membership criteria have been confirmed by this important decision.

The Wassenaar Arrangement

For contributing to regional and international security and stability, for promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transferring conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, the Wassenaar Arrangements has been formed in 1996. While PSs are the advanced producer of supplying industrial and technology with the US as the partners.

The National export control on items which are included in the Wassenaar Arrangement lists has been maintained by PSs. National legislation will implement these controls and will be guided by agreed-to best practices and guidelines. Every state part of PSs has agreed to control transfer and denial of controlled items to the destination which are not included in the Arrangements. The Wassenaar Arrangement organization eager to complement other multilateral control regimes such as the Nuclear supplier’s group i.e., NSG and the Missile Technology Control Regime i.e., MTCR.

PSs of Wassenaar Arrangements

As now India has become the part of PSs by joining Wassenaar, it has joined the global regimes of nations for producing advanced capabilities to prevent the transfer of military equipment which helps to produce terrorist organizations and also individual terrorists. Most nations which are part of PSs with their domestic industries contribute to the US military-industrial complex as partners with US industries.

Take place in Government’s procedures and policies, such as agreed within this regime, enable industrial relations, India will surely get the benefit of its membership in relation to increasing it indigenous defence research and manufacturing efforts.

Specifically, being a member of PSs, the progress in increasing the level of US technology and India’s ability to become significant defence exporter will have emerged. So, the Indian government should be applauded for this transformational development which will prove a crucial building block for India’s indigenous defence manufacturing goals. Further, in defence sector, US industry is looking forward to growing industrial partnership.