CITS Enters into New Cooperative Agreement with State Department

UGA’s Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) recently entered into two new cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction. The agreements are part of a larger governmental program that is developing ways of limiting illicit missile and nuclear programs in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). CITS’s projects will teach public and private operators how to recognize North Korean attempts to evade sanctions.

The State Department cooperative agreements will fund two separate projects, both of which provide training in countries where North Korea sets up fraudulent businesses to evade sanctions. One project is targeted at corporate service providers (CSPs) in the private sector. CSPs are companies that help other companies attain legal business status within a new country where they would like to do business. In order to evade sanctions in the past, North Korea has set up fraudulent companies in other countries using CSPs. CITS is offering training that will help CSPs recognize signs of a fraudulent company.

The other project will offer similar training but for government officials. CITS will focus on helping trade officials recognize fraudulent or dangerous imports and exports.

CITS is teaming up with the James C. Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) in Monterey CA as well as the UGA Dean Rusk International Law Center to develop a completely original program of training.

CITS representatives Josh Darnell and Brian Starks will be traveling and delivering training in Thailand, Singapore, Abu Dhabi (UAE), and Johannesburg (South Africa) for the grant aimed at the private sector and Thailand and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) for the public sector grant, all of which will happen in 2019.