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STA-1: India becomes first country to get access to US cutting-edge technology

Indo-US relationship getting stronger! United States has designated India as Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1) country that will allow India to buy highly advanced and cutting-edge sensitive technologies from America.
STA-1:India becomes first to get access to US cutting edge technology
This coveted status brings India in par with US’s closest allies and partners such as NATO.

About STA-1

  • The STA-1 designation authorizes export, re-export and transfer (in-country) of specified items on Commerce Control List to destinations posing a low risk of unauthorised or impermissible uses. 
  • Currently there are 36 countries on the STA-1 list.
  • India is the only South Asian country to be on the list. 
  • Other Asian countries designated as STA-1 are Japan and South Korea.

What is the STA-1 important for India?

  • Under STA-1, India and US have reached understanding under which India will receive license-free access to a wide range of dual-use technologies in conjunction with the steps that India has committed to take to advance its export control objectives.
  • STA-1 treatment will expand the scope of technology exports subject to Export Administration Regulations (EAR) that can be made to India without individual licenses.
  • It will further enhance the bilateral defence trade relationship and result in a greater volume of US exports to India.

What are the benefits that are seen for India & US?

  • This new designation reflects India’s membership in three of four multilateral export control regimes, as well as the development of its national export control system.
  • It will allow US companies to more efficiently export much wider range of products to Indian high technology and military customers.
  • It will benefit US manufacturers while continuing to protect its national security.
  • It will provide India greater supply chain efficiency, both for defence and for other high-tech products that will increase activity with US systems, interoperability of systems and will reduce time and resources needed to get licensing approved.
  • It will improve India’s partnership with the United States to improve its own export control regimes and has met most of the export control rules which the US thinks is useful.
  • It will also be a competitive advantage for US, in terms of supplying those kinds of products to India.

Questions:

Q1. United States has given which designation to India that will allow India to buy highly advanced and cutting-edge sensitive technologies from America?
a. Strategic Energy Authorization-1 (SEA-1)
b. Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1)
c. Strategic Partner Authorization-1 (SPA-1)
d. None of the above

Q2. Currently, how many countries are there on the STA-1 list?
a. 36
b. 46
c. 56
d. 66
STA-1: India becomes first country to get access to US cutting-edge technology STA-1: India becomes first country to get access to US cutting-edge technology Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on August 01, 2018 Rating: 5

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