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Cablegate: Exbs: Thailand/Vietnam Advisor Monthly Reporting

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RR RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM RUEHNH
DE RUEHBK #2588 2420930
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 290930Z AUG 08
FM AMEMBASSY BANGKOK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4152
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 002588

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

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

SUMMARY

1. (U) Three Thai officials and EXBS FSN attended the Export
Control Academy, August 11-15 in Athens, GA. Commonwealth
Trading Partners (CTP) conducted Tracker User Training in
Hanoi, August 11-14. Advisor represented ISN Bureau at a
Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP)
seminar on export control enforcement in Manila, Aug 25-26.
The Thai government requested Customs assistance during a
POTUS visit to Thailand, Aug 6-7. Advisor will be in US for
semi-annual consultations and personal leave, Aug 31 - Sep 13.

SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS

2. (U) Advisor represented ISN Bureau at a Council for
Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) seminar on
export control enforcement in Manila, Aug 25-26. Thirty-five
participants from Asia, Europe and the U.S. attended. The
group adopted a Memorandum with recommendations for
strengthening strategic trade management practices in
legislation, licensing, enforcement, government-industry
relations and capacity building. The Memorandum will be
forwarded for consideration by the ASEAN Regional Forum.
Advisor submitted an after-action report separately by e-mail.

3. (U) Advisor contributed to embassy support efforts for the
President's visit to Thailand by serving as Site Officer for
the President's Media Roundtable on Burma policy, Aug 7. At
the conclusion of the visit, the Thai government submitted a
list of requested assistance to the U.S. delegation, which
included capacity-building for Customs and port officials.
Advisor is working with post's CBP Attache to obtain more
specific details from the Thai government.

TRAINING CONDUCTED

4. (U) Thai EXBS FSN and officials from Thai Customs, the
Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Industry attended
the University of Georgia's Export Control Academy, August
11-15, in Athens, GA. The Customs official stayed for the
full two weeks, as the second week focused on enforcement.
Participants felt the course was demanding, but worthwhile.
We will work to identify additional officials from a range of
Thai and Vietnamese ministries and other organizations for
future courses.

5. (U) Commonwealth Trading Partners (CTP) conducted Tracker
User Training in Hanoi, August 11-14. Licensing officials
and system administrators from the Ministry of Industry and
Trade and the Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety
(VARANS) attended. The Deputy Director for International
Cooperation from Customs also attended. This was the third
and final segment of new Tracker system training for Vietnam.
At the close of the training, Dr. Le Chi Dung of VARANS and
Mr. Le Xuan Hue of Customs made an appeal for additional
assistance in expanding the Tracker network and functions.
Advisor and CTP trainers agreed to consult with ISN/ECC in
preparing a proposal for SRV review.

EQUIPMENT DELIVERED

6. (U) Various Tracker system accessories were delivered to
VARANS the week of Aug 18. Installation and testing is in
progress.

IMMINENT TRAINING/EQUIPMENT UPDATE

7. (U) None. Advisor will be in the U.S. for personal leave
and semi-annual consultations, Aug 31- Sep 13.

SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS

8. (U) Vietnam EXBS FSN is due to start work on Sep 3.
Advisor will visit Hanoi, Sep 22-23, to conduct orientation
calls with EXBS FSN on SRV interlocutors.
JOHN

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