Minister of Public Security To Lam made the above statement while addressing the plenary session of the 16th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) and related meetings held in virtual format on September 21.
The Minister suggested ASEAN law enforcement agencies should consolidate and promote effective and substantive implementation of joint programs and plans to tackle transnational crime within existing ASEAN multilateral cooperation mechanisms.
He highlighted the importance of boosting information and experience exchanges regarding the fight against crime, especially drug, cyber and hi-tech crime; and of teaming up to verify, chase, arrest and extradite wanted persons within the framework of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
To proposed the sides involved promote the negotiation and signing of related bilateral pacts such as treaties on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and extradition.
He added that it is also necessary to deepen collaboration with ASEAN dialogue partners in the field, and organize training courses and conferences for law enforcement officers in a bid to maintain the support of dialogue partners in terms of human resources and policies for dealing with common security threats.
During the session, participating ASEAN countries discussed the results of the fight against transnational crime in each nation and the promotion of cooperation in this area, contributing to ensuring security, peace and stability in the region./.