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Countering terrorism and transnational crime in South and Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE – INTERPOL has initiated a two-year project to enhance law enforcement capacity in South and Southeast Asia to prevent and disrupt terrorism and related transnational crime.

Project Scorpius is a two-year (2017-2019) initiative jointly funded by INTERPOL and the Government of Canada. It adopts a holistic approach by bringing together relevant actors across the law enforcement community, including key decision makers, counter-terrorism and transnational crime investigators, intelligence officers, officers from INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs), criminal justice agencies, prosecutors and police training institutions.

As the first project specifically designed to support INTERPOL’s global counter-terrorism strategy, it will focus on eight beneficiary countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka.

“Through Project Scorpius, the Government of Canada will continue its partnership with INTERPOL in support of ASEAN and South Asian countries. This project will provide us with as an efficient way to bring together the most appropriate expertise to address common challenges, and a path for strengthening our networks and preventing the spread of terrorism.”

Marie-Louise Hannan, Ambassador of Canada to ASEAN

To commence the project, INTERPOL carried out a consultation process which included needs assessment missions to Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Timor Leste to study the challenges the countries encounter in their daily police work and assess how best INTERPOL can assist them in the future. Questionnaires were also sent to relevant law enforcement agencies in all beneficiary countries to gauge their counter-terrorism related training needs.

The findings of this phase were presented and discussed at the inaugural meeting to launch the project, which was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in August 2017 and brought together more than 40 senior law enforcement officers from counter-terrorism and related crime units, prosecutors and police institutions. The meeting set out the groundwork for developing training programmes to address the skills gaps in the regions.

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“Through Project Scorpius, the Government of Canada will continue its partnership with INTERPOL in support of ASEAN and South Asian countries. This project will provide us with as an efficient way to bring together the most appropriate expertise to address common challenges, and a path for strengthening our networks and preventing the spread of terrorism.”

Marie-Louise Hannan, Ambassador of Canada to ASEAN

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