ASEAN ministers, senior officials to foster greater cooperation vs transnational crimes


Ministers, senior officials and delegates from the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will converge from September 18 to 21 at the Conrad Manila for the Eleventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crimes (11th AMMTC) to strengthen regional strategies and cooperation to combat transnational crimes.

One of the highlights of the four-day event is the Second Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Rise of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (2ND SAMMRRVE) which will be convened to provide a platform for ASEAN member states to exchange experiences, views, and ideas on the best practices in handling the issues of radicalisation and violent extremism.

The Philippines is hosting this year’s four-day meet in line with its chairmanship of the ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary this year. Catalino S. Cuy, officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), is on top of the 11th AMMTC as the AMMTC Leader for the country.

Cuy says the Philippines is proud and honored to host this year’s meet considering that the Philippines is also very active in promoting and taking action against transnational crimes, particularly trafficking in persons.

“We take great pride in hosting this year’s AMMTC and the ASEAN Summit. We all recognize the magnitude and complexity of combatting transnational crime and what we will doing for the next five days will be crucial in our collaborative effort against this regional concern,” he says.

Considered as transnational crimes are terrorism, illegal drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, arms smuggling, money laundering, sea piracy, cybercrime, economic crime, environmental crime, intellectual property theft, and smuggling of cultural property.

Ministers and officials of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea will actively participate as dialogue partners.

The member-countries of ASEAN are Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei. ###


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