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2014 Embassy News

Embassy Organizes a Seminar on Controlling Brokers and Arms Shipments

May 6, 2014
Speakers at the seminar opening

Speakers at the seminar opening

The United States Embassy in Podgorica, through its Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program, has organized  a four day Seminar on Controlling Brokers and Arms Shipments in Budva, from May 6 to 9, 2014. The seminar has been  delivered by a team of experts from the Center for Policy Research , Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), and is designed to assist the Government of Montenegro  in establishing and implementing effective controls on arms brokering and trading activities that are consistent with European Union (EU) and international standards and best practices. EXBS invited the Ministries of Economy, Foreign Affairs, Interior, Defense and Customs Administration and National Security Agency. Speaking at the opening, Deputy Chief of Mission Douglas Jones stated that the United States is investing significant efforts together with the partner countries such as Montenegro in building a global system for preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The program is part of a broader effort to provide assistance to Montenegrin authorities.  The United States, through the EXBS program, has provided over $3.5 million in training and equipment to help Montenegro strengthen its border security, export controls and non-proliferation efforts.