On 1 May, The Japan Times reported that hundreds of foreign companies are actively procuring components for India and Pakistan’s nuclear programmes, taking advantage of gaps in the global regulation of the industry, according to a report published on 30 April by the US-based research group C4ADS.  The report does not suggest that companies mentioned broke national or international laws or regulations.  To identify companies involved, C4ADS analysed more than 125 million records of public trade and tender data and documents, and then checked them against already-identified entities listed by export control authorities in the US and Japan.  C4ADS says that, in mapping Pakistani and Indian procurement networks, it demonstrates that ef analysis can allow the private sector, government, and international organisations to better detect and mitigate the nuclear threat in South Asia by monitoring, and, where necessary, disrupting supply chains that support nuclear weapons programmes.

The C4ADS report is essential reading for those involved in, or concerned about, proliferation and proliferation financing.

The C4ADS report is at –


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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