India becomes member of Australia Group

India on 19 January 2018 joined the Australia Group export control regime, an informal forum that seeks to ensure that exports do not contribute to the development of chemical or biological weapons. India has become the 43rd member of the group. The inclusion is expected to raise India’s stature in the field of non-proliferation and help in acquiring critical technologies.

It is an informal forum of countries which, through the harmonization of export controls, seeks to ensure that exports do not contribute to the development of chemical or biological weapons. Coordination of national export control measures assists Australia Group participants to fulfill their obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention to the fullest extent possible.

Highlights:-
1. India is the latest entrant into the group. It is also the first South Asian nation to become its full-time member.
2. India’s entry into the export control regime will enhance its credentials in the field of non-proliferation, although, India is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
3. It is also expected to strengthen India’s bid to enter the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

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