29.09.2021, 18:18

ASEAN pledges stronger cooperation in fighting trans-national crime

 
ASEAN pledges stronger cooperation in fighting trans-national crime

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Security Lieut. Gen. Luong Tam Quang attends the event. (Photo: VNA)   

NDO/VNA – Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Security Lieut. Gen. Luong Tam Quang attended the 15thASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC 15) and related meetings via videoconference on September 29.


Speaking at the event, Quang said criminals are making full use of cyber space to commit offences. In such context, Vietnam’s law enforcement agencies must assist other ministries and agencies in controlling the pandemic while continuing its task of fighting crimes and achieved positive results, he said.

Vietnam pledged to engage actively and responsibly in ASEAN cooperation frameworks and cooperate in trans-national crime prevention and control in particular, he said.

The Deputy Minister suggested the regional states continue consolidating collaboration and creating mutual trust in the near future.
Amid the complicated developments of the pandemic, he called on the regional countries to pay attention to cooperating in border management and cyber security.

Parties concerned need to establish information channels, adapt to the “new normal”, enhance coordination with ASEAN’s dialogue partners in personnel and language training, encourage partners to assist the bloc in COVID-19 response, provide vaccines, improve vaccine production capacity and facilitate the transfer of vaccine production technologies, he stated.

Minister of Defence II of Brunei and Chair of AMMTC 15 Datu Seri Awang Halbi bin Mohd Yussof highlighted the importance of the AMMTC cooperation mechanism, helping to maintain peace, stability and development in the region.

He said Brunei vows to continue upholding its role in guiding ASEAN in maintaining dialogue, as well as in timely and effective response to unprecedented difficulties and challenges.

Participants at the event agreed on measures to promote goals in the ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime, and adopted the Concept Paper entitled “A Regional Border Management Cooperation: Roadmap” initiated by Thailand and the ASEAN Statement on post-pandemic trans-national crime prevention and control proposed by Brunei.

At the end of the meeting, the officials also approved the joint statement of AMMTC 15.

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