19th SOMTC concludes in Nay Pyi Taw, takes steps forward for 2019-2025 plan on preventing, fighting transnational crimes, terrorism

Officials make public statements during a press release of the 19th Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime and its Related Meetings in Nay Pyi Taw. photo: mna
Officials make public statements during a press release of the 19th Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime and its Related Meetings in Nay Pyi Taw. photo: MNA

The 19th Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crimes and its Related Meetings-19th SOMTC was held from 23 to 26 July in Nay Pyi Taw.
The meeting was attended by senior officials from 10 ASEAN nations and representatives from partner countries China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Canada, EU, India, New Zealand, Russia and US and UNODC, totaling 250 personnel. On 23 July, ASEAN senior officials held 16 meetings focusing combating terrorism, trafficking in persons, arms smuggling and cyber crimes.
On 24 July, 19th SOMTC and its related meetings held at the Horizon Lake View Hotel, with key-note addresses by Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Thu, Chief of Myanmar Police Force Police Lt-Gen Aung Win Oo.
Among the three pillars of ASEAN, combating the transnational crimes is the main task for providing security and stability to the ASEAN community. In this task, ASEAN member countries host the AMMTC and SOMTC alternatively.
Myanmar hosted the 12th AMMTC meeting in 2018.
The 19th SOMTC Meeting came to Nay Pyi Taw this year after the 9th SOMTC meeting in 2019 in Nay Pyi Taw.
The Charter of the ASEAN has urged the member countries to preserve the peace, security and stability in ASEAN region and to boost the regional’s resilience through promoting the cooperation in the areas of politics, security, economy and socio-culture.
As the transnational crimes are spreading the ASEAN’s objective and basic principles, senior officials of ASEAN meet every year to discuss preventing and fighting 10 forms of transnational crimes such as terrorism, trafficking in persons, money laundry and cyber crimes.
The 19th SOMTC meeting was held on 24th and 25th July, with 24 agendas, and the meeting was presided over by Deputy Chief of Myanmar Police Force Police Maj-Gen Myo Swe Win of the Myanmar Police Force.
At the meeting, the senior officials discussed issues including arms smuggling, terrorism, human trafficking, cybercrime, wildlife and timber illicit trading and suggestions made by working groups.
They also discussed the SMOTC Plans for 2019-2021. The senior officials also discussed and made suggestions on drafting the Term of Reference-ToR for preventing and combating the transnational crimes and on establishing a data base system.
From 25 to 26 July, ASEAN’s senior officials also held separate meetings with ASEAN dialogue partners: China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Canada, EU, India, New Zealand and US over cooperation in SOMTC and aid programmes.
They also held a meeting with representatives of the Philippines which will host the 20th SOMTC in 2020.
As a separate programme, they discussed the issues related with trading of ancient cultural artefacts and management border areas in ASEAN region.
At the 19th Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crimes and its Related Meetings-19th SOMTC, the senior officials exchange views and discussed the 2019-2025 plan for preventing and fighting terrorism, cyber crimes and extremism. — MNA (Translated by TTN)

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