13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime and Its Related Meetings

The Work Plan of the ASEAN Plan of Action to Prevent and Counter the Rise of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism 2019-2025 was adopted during the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime, AMMTC and its related meetings. In eradicating a transnational crime, the ASEAN Member States also adopted work plans with their Dialogue Partners such as the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, the European Union and the United States. The meetings held from the 25th to 29th November 2019 took place in Bangkok, Thailand.

The work plans largely seek to increase ASEAN Member States' knowledge, expertise and skills from their Dialogue Partners through capability development and capacity building. The meeting was attended by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Second Minister of Defence as Chairman of the Brunei Darussalam Security Committee. According to Yang Berhormat Pehin, Brunei Darussalam is not spared from these transnational criminal activities especially cybercrime, namely social media abuse which has effectively doubled since 2016. Yang Berhormat Pehin also stated that a number of steps have been taken to strengthen and update Brunei Darussalam's legislative framework for dealing with the evolving threat of terrorism, trafficking in persons and people smuggling.

Yang Berhormat also stressed on the need for a collective approach to curb the spread of transnational criminal activities that are occurring through social media. This year's meeting is focused on the current threat of Transnational Crime across ASEAN and in this region, particularly Cybercrime, Trafficking in Persons and Counter-Terrorism. It was emphasized at the meeting that all ASEAN Member States and their Dialogue Partners are to tackle these issues collectively, as no country can tackle them single-handedly.

Yang Berhormat Pehin, representing Brunei Darussalam as country coordinator for the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Dialogue Relations, co-chaired the 1st AMMTC + Republic of Korea Consultation with His Excellency Dr. Cheol Kyu-Hwang, Chief Prosecutor, International Centre for Criminal Justice, Republic of Korea. Also held during the 13th AMMTC and related meetings were 10th AMMTC + 3 Consultation; the 5th AMMTC + Japan Consultation and the 7th AMMTC + China Consultation. The meetings were also attended by the Permanent Secretary for Security and Enforcement at the Prime Minister's Office and the Charge d'affaires ad interim of Brunei Darussalam to the Kingdom of Thailand.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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