This year AW plenary meeting’s debates were focusing on the manner how this many-sided cooperation mechanism has contributed to the preservation of the security and the stability at the regional and the global level.
It was also reaffirmed the importance of the information exchange among the participating states, updating the lists of the export controls for the double (both civil and military) use military products and technologies, in accordance with the technological developments in the relevant fields, as well as the tendencies on the market of the transfers of strategically relevant products.
On the occasion, it was also emphasized the importance of the dialogue with the states not members of the Arrangement and the international organizations, viewing the promotion of the best practices in the export control, and it was reiterated the interest the AW states show in accepting new memberships to meet the required criteria. The participants adopted decisions on the changes in the lists of products and technologies to be licensed, and on continuing codification of advanced standards for the export controls, in the year 2010, as well.
The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (AW) was set up in 1996 with the view to contributing to the global and the regional security and stability through the promotion of the transparency and of bigger responsibility in the conventional weapons transfers and dual-use goods and technologies. AW currently numbers 40 members bringing together most of the conventional weapons makers and exporters.