Myanmar is a member of ASEAN and has performed its responsibilities in forming the ASEAN community. Myanmar will cooperate in the establish-ment of peace, stability, security, and prosperity, for itself and every other associate countries, and is always ready to collaborate with fellow ASEAN countries under the ASEAN framework to eliminate transnational crime and develop the region, said Vice President U Myint Swe.
He made his remarks during his speech at the opening ceremony of the 12th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime and its Related Meetings (12th AMMTC), held at the Myanmar International Convention Center II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The Vice President also highlighted the importance of gaining public trust by imple-menting modern preventive measures against crimes and violence. He said that with the development of urban infrastructures, transparent trade, modern communication methods and natural disasters can result in becoming endangered by crime, both individually and globally. He said the root causes of criminal activities must be handled in advance, while adhering to the UN Crime Prevention Guidelines.
The Vice President noted that the effective handling, prevention and solving of transnational crimes, and unconventional security concerns, must be emphasized, as they can hinder the forming of a free and developed society in the ASEAN region. He called for uniting the skills and strength within ASEAN to take a firm stance against poverty, inequality, religion-based terrorism and the destruction of natural resources in the ASEAN region.
The Vice President said implementing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 requires an emphasis on improving public livelihoods, justice, basic rights and security, sustainability of the environment, a better understanding of ASEAN and gaps in developmental stages. He mentioned that the increasing transnational crimes in the region will need ASEAN to effectively repress it.
Myanmar signed the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNCTOC) and its ensuing pr-tocols on 30 March 2004, when it became a member country, said the Vice President. He noted that Myanmar and Thailand are the leading countries in the push against drug trafficking in the ASEAN region, adding that the fight against drugs and human trafficking, money laundering, cybercrimes and terrorism are being upheld as national duties.
Laws and bylaws for eradicating these five areas have been enacted and four executive committees have been formed with Union-level ministers at the helm to lead these endeavors. He said a transnational crime department was formed under the Myanmar Police Force in 2005 and was elevated to a higher department status in 2014. He mentioned that multiple 5-year strategic plans and yearly schemes have been drawn up to combat the five criminal areas.
He noted that the experiences and successes of ASE-AN over its 51-year course can be attributed to its unity and unanimous agreement, based on which, discussions and coordination need to be made. He concluded by saying the out-come of the day’s meeting will produce good results not only for ASEAN, but the entire world, as well.
Next, Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe confirmed the drafting of an ASEAN action plan for the prevention and eradication of terrorism and emergence of ex-tremism. He was also able to confirm the four interconnected action points for countering transnational crimes through regional socio-economic development will be continued.
Afterwards, the Vice President watched performances from the Department of Fine Arts and then took a documentary photo with the attendees.
Union Minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe chaired the second half of the ceremony and later continued with the 12th AMMTC meeting.
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar
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