The ninth Asia-Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers (APPSNSO) is taking place in Singapore from May 4-8, drawing around 80 security experts and scholars from 25 nations inside and outside the region.

Delegates focus their discussions on the theme “Globalisation and National Security” as well as current extreme tendencies.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean said that measures and strategies to address global terror threats, such as those relating to the self-claimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, must be aligned with global circumstances and adapted to suit each country’s conditions.

As local and global developments are intrinsically linked, countries should look at how threats and problems arise and are addressed in other parts of the world to better anticipate and manage similar challenges at home, he suggested.

He also stressed the need for joint cooperation between governments, international organisations, the private sector and academia in dealing with these threats.

Countries should also build a society where people can work together to overcome the challenges regardless of differences in culture and origin, he added.

APPSNSO is a close conference held annually by Singapore’s Centre of Excellence for National Security and the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies with the support of the National Security Coordination Secretariat.-VNA