Export controls reviewer selected

Ministry Statements & Speeches:

The Ministry has appointed David Smol to conduct an independent, comprehensive review of New Zealand’s export controls regime for military and dual-use goods and technology.

Mr Smol is a former Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and brings considerable experience and expertise to the review as a former senior public service leader.

While the export controls regime operates under the Customs and Excise Act 2018, the review’s focus will be on the design and operation of the system, which is the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The review will examine whether the export controls regime remains fit for purpose. It will cover the legislative mandate for the export controls framework, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s implementation of the framework, and all associated policies, roles, delegations and business practice.

The timeframe to complete the review has yet to be determined.

The Terms of Reference for the review are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.


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