Fri. May 27th, 2022

The timely implementation of the current programmes and plans to combat
transnational crimes was the focus at a recent meeting between ASEAN
senior officials in Brunei.

During the 14th ASEAN Senior
Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMT) in Bandar Seri Begawan
on June 23-26, participants deliberated on the progress of work and
emerging threats in the field.

They also discussed in depth
the full implementation of the relevant provisions of the ASEAN
Political Security Community by 2015 and the SOMTC Work Programme which
lists eight areas of transnational crimes including the fights against
terrorism, human trafficking and money laundering.

The
meeting commended the headway in the implementation of the programmes
that include the establishment of the Working Group on Cybercrime, the
drafting of the ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP), and
the Regional Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons (RPA).

It also highlighted the need to build capacity, especially for
personnel and investigators, and apply technology to crack down on
transnational crimes.-VNA

By vivian