General Tô Lâm, Minister of Public Security, takes photo with other participants of the 38th ASEAN Chiefs of Police Conference held in Hà Nội on Wednesday. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn
HÀ NỘI — A senior government official has revealed the ASEAN region is facing many challenges, especially in security and social order.
Minister of Public Security, General Tô Lâm was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 39th ASEAN Chiefs of National Police (ASEANPOL) held in Hà Nội on Wednesday.
He listed a number of serious crimes that threaten the safety of the region, including terrorism, cyber-attacks, adding that dealing with transnational criminals is complicated and unpredictable.
General Lâm said as the world enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution, safety is paramount, as criminals go ‘high-tech’.
“In such circumstance, the role of law enforcement agencies of ASEAN including the Police Force is indispensable in the fight against crimes, maintaining national security and social order,” Lâm said.
Three hundred representatives from 10 ASEAN countries and 10 other countries will be attending the three day event.
Trần Văn Vệ, head of the Office of the Criminal Investigation Agency, under the MPS, said delegates would focus on drug crime, terrorism, arms trafficking, human trafficking, sea fraud, piracy, financial and banking crimes, and cyber-crime.
At the end of the conference, three key personal will be appointed to the roles of Director of Plan and Program, Director of the Police Services, and the ASEANPOL Secretariat in 2020-21, and decide the ASEANPOL observer status at the request of the French National Police, Royal Canadian Police and proposal to be upgraded to a dialogue partner from the UK National Crime Prevention Services.
Representatives of the MPS will use the event to speak with other agencies from around the world, including INTERPOL and the UK National Crime Prevention Service.
At the end of the conference, the 10 chiefs of ASEANPOL member countries will sign a joint communique of the 39th ASEANPOL Conference affirming the cooperation contents that ASEANPOL will carry on in 2020.
Regarding Việt Nam’s cooperation mechanism with other countries in the region, Vệ said Việt Nam regularly cooperated and exchanged with countries around the world.
However, there have not been any proposals relating to the coordination in the pursuit of terrorism crimes. Việt Nam has worked with ASEANPOL and INTERPOL to arrest and handover criminals hiding in the country, he said.
“There’s no terror in Việt Nam,” Vệ said.
“But there are several cases carried out by individuals including a petrol bomb attack at a garage in Đồng Nai Province and package mail explosion in Linh Đàm Urban Area in Hà Nội’s Hoàng Mai District.” — VNS
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