ASEAN issues joint statement on combating transnational crime

Vietnam’s Public Security Minister, General Tran Dai Quang, joined other delegates at the 9th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime that opened in the Lao capital of Vientiane on Tuesday.

The four-day regional meeting is aimed at reviewing the outcomes of the 8th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) and determining plans to enhance cooperation between ASEAN countries in combating transnational crime in eight key areas.

These areas include illicit drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, economic crime, arms smuggling, fraudulent travel documents and illegal immigration, sea piracy, cyber crime, and money laundering.

Speaking at the event, General Quang highlighted Vietnam’s achievements in its international cooperation in the fight against transnational crime.

The General proposed to further strengthen cooperation between law enforcement agencies among countries in the region and around the world, especially information sharing and the exchange of experiences.

He also urged regional countries to take advantage of support from dialogue partners in order to implement ASEAN’s programs and plans on crime prevention and fighting.

Speaking at the event, Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong emphasized that transnational crime is one of the challenges threatening peace and stability, and affecting socio-economic development in the region and the world at large. The Prime Minister added that “one country alone cannot curb and eliminate it.”

Therefore, concrete cooperation among ASEAN countries is essential to tackle these challenges, he said.
The meeting issued a Joint Statement which confirms efforts to enhance cooperation in the fight against transnational crime for the sake of stability and development in the region and the world.

The AMMTC is held once every two years on a rotational basis. The 8th AMMTC was organized in 2011 in Bali, Indonesia.

Yesterday also saw the opening of the 6th AMMTC+3, the 3rd AMMTC+China and the 1st AMMTC plus Japan.


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