OSETC joins with other relevant Government agencies on the CONSULTATION MEETING WITH THE US DEPARTMENT OF STATE-EXPORT CONTROL AND RELATED BORDER SECURITY (EXBS) REGARDING STRATEGIC TRADE MANAGEMENT ACT (STMA)
Date: February 16, 2017
Posted by: rdArobinto
Concerned Desk Officer of the OSETC, attended a two-day consultation meeting on February 6-7, 2017 regarding the US and UK’s best practices on Internal Compliance Program (ICP), risk assessment, commodity classification, and application of global licenses and general licenses to facilitate trade in strategic goods which was held at the Manila Peninsula, Makati City.
The meeting was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with the US Department of State-Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program. It was participated by all relevant government agencies, to wit:
a.) Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR);
b.) Philippine Center for Transnational Crime (PCTC);
c.) Department of Health (DOH);
d.) Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI);
e.) Department of Justice (DOJ);
f.) Anti-Terrorism Council-Program Management Center (ATC-PMC);
g.) Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime (OSETC);
h.) Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA);
i.) National Security Council (NSC); and
j.) Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
The consultation meeting aimed at providing government officials that will be involved in the implementation of strategic trade controls, a comprehensive understanding of the US and UK’s best practices on ICP and other related issues. It also provided opportunity for the participating agencies to exchange views on some of the contentious issues of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the STMA.
A representative from the DTI provided a presentation on the summary of the IRR where it was highlighted the basis for the creation of the STMA, Definition of operational terms, Processes of the Licenses including its type and duration, and its way forward. The US and UK experts also presented some of their best practices in dealing with export and import licenses as well as the internal compliance program (ICP) of their respective countries.
Some of the challenges that came out of the meeting were:
a) How to pattern and make applicable for the Philippines the licensing procedure of the other countries;
b) Capacitate personnel who will work directly in the implementation of the STMA; and
c) Industry outreach program to educate the business sectors about the STMA.
Participants agreed to have the IRR intact at the moment and present it to the committee which will be created on the convening of the STMCom on February 16, 2017.