Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang attends the AMMTC 10 (Photo: VNA)
Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang underscored Vietnam’s significant achievements in cross-border crime prevention and combat while addressing the 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC 10), which opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 29.

Following international commitments in the field, Vietnam has effectively carried out national target programmes between 2012 and 2015 and built a national strategy on crime prevention for 2015-2025, the Minister noted.

The country has continued to improve its legal frameworks, domestically legalise international conventions on trans-national crime to narrow the differences in laws between countries and sign bilateral cooperation agreements with other ASEAN member states and dialogue partners, he said.

Vietnamese police have cracked down hard on transnational crime, drug and human trafficking, hi-tech crime, and piracy, he added.

Within ASEAN and the ASEAN Chiefs of Police Conference (ASEANAPOL) cooperation framework, Vietnam has coordinated closely with ASEAN law enforcement agencies to verify, investigate and address cross-border criminal cases, arresting many foreign offenders who were handed over to the authorities of relevant countries.

The Minister called for increasing collaboration between ASEAN law enforcement agencies in information and experience exchanges in addition to working with immigration agencies to deal with migration issues, ensure safety for overseas communities and negotiate the signing of cooperation agreements on criminal, judicial and extradition support.

Simultaneously, the involved parties should work together to strengthen ASEAN unity and obtain support from dialogue partners to more effectively implement crime prevention programmes, he recommended.

At the conference, ASEAN Ministers agreed to pass an ASEAN Action Plan on Human Trafficking Prevention and Combat and the Kuala Lumpur declarations on the abnormal flow of migrants in Southeast Asia and on cross-border crime prevention in 2015.

They also issued the conference’s Joint Statement, which commits to doubling efforts to prevent trans-national crime for regional and global peace and stability.-VNA