Working together for peaceful living

It is important to take preventive measures that are up to date with the current times and to address new challenges in countering transnational crime, thereby attaining the trust of the people, said Vice President U Myint Swe at the 12th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime held on 31 October.
We can see socio-development in countries around the world increase in parallel with the rate of various criminal activities. While authorities keep a watchful eye on crime and effectively address it, transnational crime can be elusive and difficult to handle. Countries around the world need to cooperate with each other to put early preventive measures in place, in addition to taking effective legal action.
Transnational crime is prevalent in the ASEAN region, and also becoming a serious challenge to the world and its people. Criminal groups along country borders are also using advanced modern technology to conduct money laundering operations, human trafficking, cybercrimes, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, wildlife smuggling, and the illegal trade and movement of nuclear or other radioactive materials. These groups may have a network larger than a country.
With these criminal gangs intensifying the network of transnational crimes, governments need to offer effective protection to its citizens, who may be facing losses. If these criminal issues cannot be handled, then governments would be nothing more than paper tigers. Transnational crimes are an increasing threat to national security and their negative effects can be felt in public safety, society, healthcare, economic stability and rule of law.
It seems that for countries to realize the aims of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, they will need to effectively address transnational crimes that are threatening public safety. As a member of the ASEAN family, Myanmar places great consideration on the duties and responsibilities for successfully establishing an ASEAN community. Myanmar will also strive for peace, stability, security, and prosperity for itself and other member countries. Myanmar is always ready to cooperate with member countries to combat transnational crimes and provide support in regional development.
At present, it’s difficult to handle and combat transnational crime due to the fact that no immediate losses are visible, along with low levels of reporting, organizations working for rule of law unable to receive information and act quickly, insufficient capacity and technological resources to counter effectively, unreachable large area of operations, no clearly marked boundaries, which enable criminal groups to avoid the law, restrictions and disagreements, to name a few.
This is why it will be effective for people from different countries to work hand-in-hand to counter transnational crime and enact preventive measures so that we may all have safe social lives and security.

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