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17 December 2015

Strengthening border security in ASEAN countries through specialist skills

HANOI, Vietnam - Developing practical knowledge and skills to enhance border security was the focus of the first operational training course provided by INTERPOL under the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II.

The six-day course saw 22 participants from nine ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries trained in a range of skills, from spotting fake travel documents to being able to differentiate between human trafficking and people smuggling.

Hosted at the People’s Police Academy in Hanoi, Vietnam, the course also included practical exercises to identify security features in travel documents and the use of INTERPOL’s systems to conduct searches against its global databases, including for stolen and lost travel documents.

Lieutenant General Nguyen Xuan Yem, President of the People’s Police Academy, said: “There are many transnational crimes such as drugs and human trafficking, money laundering, cybercrime, terrorism and migrant smuggling, which are on the increase. One of the challenges faced by the ASEAN community is border management and this training will assist law enforcement to address all of these issues.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the EU and INTERPOL for their assistance and cooperation through the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II,” concluded the Lieutenant General.

Tom Corrie, Deputy Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation in Vietnam said while the growing movement of people crossing borders offered opportunities it also presented challenges and risks.

“Due to the transnational nature of current threats to global security, the way forward in tackling these threats must encompass a close cooperative approach among countries,” said Mr Corrie.

“INTERPOL as the organization implementing this important programme has privileged first-hand knowledge and experience, and is a world reference in the effective management of borders.

“Cooperation among nations and the use of the latest technology to manage our borders allows us to protect the most vulnerable groups and to ensure human dignity is respected, whilst fighting against these criminal organizations,” concluded Mr Corrie.

The training course is the first event in the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II led by INTERPOL which was launched in Indonesia in October. The three-year programme is aimed at improving connectivity and strengthening law enforcement networks and cooperation at the main regional transit hubs to enhance border management and security across Southeast Asia.

The 10 ASEAN countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.