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Cablegate: Exbs: Thailand/Vietnam Advisor Monthly Reporting

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R 100927Z OCT 08
FM AMEMBASSY BANGKOK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4647
RHMFIUU/US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WASHINGTON DC
RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC
RULSJGA/COMDT COGARD WASHDC
INFO RUCNASE/ASEAN MEMBER COLLECTIVE
RUCNEXC/EXPORT CONTROL AND RELATED BORDER SECURITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC
RUEAWJA/DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHDC
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS BANGKOK 003068

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR ISN/ECC YWONG, ACHURCH, ROWEN, EAP/MLS
DRICHELSOPH, BBLACKSHAW
CBP/INA FOR BMCCRAY
DEPT OF ENERGY FOR NNSA TPERRY
AMEMBASSY HANOI FOR JBOCKLAGE
AMEMBASSY KUALA LUMPUR FOR PZARESK

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KNNP KSTC MNUC PARM PREL TH VN
SUBJECT: EXBS: THAILAND/VIETNAM ADVISOR MONTHLY REPORTING
CABLE - SEPTEMBER 2008

SUMMARY

1. (U) Advisor conducted meetings with embassy and Vietnamese
officials in Hanoi, Sept. 22-23. Advisor met with Royal Thai
Customs officials on Sept. 25. New EXBS Program Assistant in
Vietnam started work on Sept. 3. Upcoming events include an
Enterprise Outreach Seminar and a regional UN 1540 Workshop
in Bangkok, and Thai and Vietnamese delegations to the Ninth
International Export Controls Conference in Croatia and the
Export Control Academy in Athens, GA. Advisor was in U.S.
for semi-annual consultations and annual leave, Aug. 31 -
Sept. 13.

SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS

2. (U) Advisor travelled to Hanoi Sept. 22-23 to conduct
introductory calls with new EXBS Program Assistant on
Vietnamese government interlocutors. Meetings were held with
Customs, VARANS (Vietnamese Agency for Radiation and Nuclear
Safety), Ministry of Industry and Trade, Border Army and
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Discussions focused on imminent
and proposed training events, Tracker Licensing System
expansion, and equipment monitoring. All officials were very
supportive of offered assistance. Details were provided
separately by e-mail. Advisor also briefed Embassy Hanoi's
new DCM on the EXBS program.

3. (U) Advisor and EXBS Program Assistant met with Royal Thai
Customs International Cooperation Division on Sept. 25.
Advisor updated officials on proposed training activities.
Officials were supportive of proposals, and requested to meet
again to discuss tentative dates after further review.

TRAINING CONDUCTED

4. (U) None.

EQUIPMENT DELIVERED

5. (U) Installation and testing of Tracker system accessories
delivered to VARANS were completed on Sept. 18.

IMMINENT TRAINING/EQUIPMENT UPDATE

6. (U) DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration will
assist the Thai Ministry of Commerce in conducting an
Industry Outreach Seminar on Strategic Trade Management on
Oct. 22 (90 firms have confirmed attendance thus far). The
UN Office of Disarmament Affairs will conduct a regional
UNSCR 1540 Implementation Workshop in Bangkok, Oct. 27-31.
EXBS Office is assisting in coordination of a detection
equipment demonstration and port tour at Laem Chabang
(including the Megaports facility). Thai and Vietnamese
officials will be sent to the Ninth International Export
Control Conference in Croatia, Oct. 20-22, and the Export
Control Academy at the University of Georgia, Nov. 10-14.

SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS

7. (U) Vietnam EXBS Program Assistant started work on Sept. 3.
JOHN

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