Creation of Aseanapol Secretariat Office discussed

Regional police grouping: (Top) Some of the delegates attending the Sixth Working Group Meeting for the establishment of a Aseanapol Secretariat Office at Rizqun International Hotel. (Above) Acting ACP Hj Majid Hj Damit (R), acting director of RBPF's Administration and Finance chatting with one of the delegates. Pictures: BT/Zamri Zainal

Friday, March 20, 2009

THE establishment of a permanent Asean Chiefs of Police (Aseanapol) Secretariat office is imperative as it will play an integral part in the future of Aseanapol as a regional police grouping, said a Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) official yesterday.

Acting ACP Hj Majid Hj Damit, acting director of RBPF General Administration and Finance, was speaking during the Sixth Working Group Meeting for the establishment of a permanent Aseanapol Secretariat Office, of which Brunei is the host country.

"The presence of the establishment will certainly enhance coordination and cooperation between Aseanapol member countries," said the acting director.

He added that the establishment of the secretariat office will further ensure proper and effective implementation of resolutions set out during the joint communique at the Annual Chief of Police Conference.

"This is particularly important in the wake of challenges posed by transnational crime activities within the region," he said.

The acting director went on to say that the formation of a working group signifies the strong commitment of Aseanapol member countries to materialise the establishment of the Aseanapol office in the near future.

"The working groups' decision has contributed not merely on the conclusion of the formation of the Aseanapol secretariat, but will also eventually enhance the Aseanapol forum as a regional police organisation of results and actions."

According to the acting director, since the First Working Group Meeting was held in Jakarta three years ago to the Fifth Working Group Meeting in Kuala Lumpur last year, the group has managed to conclude on various important issues such as institutionalisation, term of references, reporting structures, organisational structures and budgets from the contribution of member countries.

"I am happy to note that after three years of deliberations and hard work, we will reach the end of our task and hopefully by the end of this Sixth Working Group Meeting, delegates will agree on a report which would be submitted to our Chief of Police at the 29th Aseanapol Chief of Police Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam in May."

The four-day meeting from March 16 to 21, was chaired by a RBPF representative and attended by delegates from all Aseanapol member countries in the Southeast Asian region.

Held at the Rizqun International Hotel, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the establishment of a permanent office for the Aseanapol secretariat which would increase coordination and cooperation among the Aseanapol member countries.The Brunei Times