Bandar Seri Begawan, Wednesday, 29 September 2021
The Plenary Session of the 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) was held virtually via video conference on Wednesday, 29th September 2021 at the International Convention Centre, Berakas. The meeting was chaired by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Mejar Jeneral (R) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Minister of Defence II in his capacity as the Chairman of the National Security Committee. The meeting was also attended by Ministers and Heads of Delegation from ASEAN Member States and the Secretary-General of ASEAN, as well as senior officials from ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat.
Yang Berhormat Pehin stated that Brunei Darussalam will continue to support regional and international efforts towards combatting cross-border crimes, focusing on the opportunities and challenges potentially faced by ASEAN countries in the post-COVID-19 era.
According to Yang Berhormat Pehin, the AMMTC needs to further strengthen the level of cooperation with ASEAN sectoral bodies and ASEAN dialogue partner countries in order to assist regional recovery efforts during the current COVID-19 crisis.
In support of this, the 15th AMMTC has agreed to endorse the “Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration to Combat Transnational Crime Post COVID-19 Pandemic” that serves as a foundation for AMMTC’s planning to combat the latest crime trends, especially in the post COVID 19 era in the future, such as cybercrime and smuggling activities in border areas. The Meeting has also agreed to adopt the “ASEAN Border Cooperation Roadmap” which outlined efforts to further strengthen the security level in the border areas of the ASEAN region. In addition to this, the meeting also agreed to adopt the Joint Statement of the 15th AMMTC.
During the virtual meeting held this morning, AMMTC Leaders and Heads of Delegation also exchanged views on their efforts to combat transnational crime in this region. In this exchange, Brunei Darussalam reiterated the need for a Whole-of-Nation Approach in addressing the persistent hreat of transnational criminal activities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Meeting also discussed the status of the implementation of activities under the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) and Directors-General of Immigration Departments and Heads of Consular Affairs Divisions of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs (DGICM).
The Brunei delegation at the 15th AMMTC was led by Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Awang Haji Sufian bin Haji Sabtu, Permanent Secretary (Security, Enforcement and Law) at the Prime Minister’s Office. Also, in attendance were Yang Mulia Dayang Hajah Nor Hashimah binti Haji Mohd Taib, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Security, Enforcement and Law) at the Prime Minister’s Office and senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office.
The 15th AMMTC and Related Meetings are held for three (03) days from 28th to 30th September 2021, commencing with the Preparatory SOMTC which took place yesterday on 28th September 2021. The meeting continues tomorrow, on 30th September 2021, and will include consultation sessions with the Plus Three dialogue partners, namely the People’s Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was founded on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries; Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined ASEAN on 7 January 1984