THE 11th ASEAN MINISTERIAL MEETING ON TRANSNATIONAL CRIME & THE 2nd SPECIAL ASEAN MINISTERIAL MEETING ON THE RISE OF RADICALIZATION AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM
Date: 28 September 2017
Posted by: gnGesiteJr
The Department of Interior and Local Government in partnership with the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime have co-hosted the 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) & the 2nd Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Rise of Radicalization and Violent Extremism (SAMMRRVE) last 18 – 21 September 2017 at the Conrad Hotel in Manila, wherein the Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime represented by the Special Envoy himself, AMBASSADOR ANSELMO SIMEON P. PINILI, and researchers, Mr. Gene N. Gesite Jr. and Ms. Geprince G. Diana, attended the said meetings. The aim of the meetings was to discuss the challenges that the ten (10) Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, specifically in combating transnational crimes and radicalization and violent extremism.
The 11th AMMTC revolved around reporting of recent developments in the ASEAN, approval of the establishment of new SOMTC Working Groups, adoption of various AMMTC documents, and endorsement and consideration of other AMMTC documents and reports. While the 2nd SAMMRRVE highlights the discussion on the concern of the member states over the growing number of violent extremist groups and ASEAN citizens who are being radicalized. They emphasized that these threats need continuous and stronger cooperation and collaboration between ASEAN member countries and dialogue partners in order to ensure safety and security in the region.
The last day of the meetings was intended for the consultations with dialogue partners China, Japan and South Korea. The consultation with China was particularly significant as the Memorandum of Understanding between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on Cooperation in the Field of Non-Traditional Security Issues 2015-2021 was signed before the meeting ended. The consultations with Japan and South Korea were as important as well since those meetings became an avenue for the ASEAN and the two dialogue partners to exchange views on issues of mutual interest in relation to counter-terrorism efforts and in combating transnational crime.