S Asian police chiefs’ meet begins Sunday

DHAKA, March 9, 2017 (BSS) - A three-day meet of South Asian police chiefs begins here Sunday to craft a regional strategy to combat violent extremism and other transnational crime.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will inaugurate "The chiefs of police conference of South Asia and neighboring countries on regional cooperation in curbing violent extremism and transnational crime" at a city hotel.

Representatives from host Bangladesh and 14 other countries as well as seven international organizations like INTERPOL will join the conference, Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque told a press conference at the police headquarters here today.

A total of 58 foreign delegates will participate in the conference that will adopt a joint declaration. Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali will attend the closing session as the chief guest.

The participating countries are-Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and host country Bangladesh.

"This meet is very meaningful for us after the last year's Gulshan and Sholakia attacks and a series of successful operations by the law enforcing agencies against the terrorists and militants," IGP Shahidul said.

It will focus on issues like countering violent extremism, human trafficking, financial crime including terror financing, drug trafficking and illegal arms trade would also be discussed.

The conference is aimed to formulate a regional strategy to combat violent extremism and other types of transnational crime, find out ways to strengthen existing relationship among law enforcement agencies of the region, increase the practice of exchanging information and sharing best practices among law enforcement agencies and develop a common platform to cooperate in prompt, effective and prolific manner at times of need to fight terrorism and transnational crime in this region.

The expected outcomes of the conference are-identification of recent trends of crimes, developing a common strategy to combat transnational crime and violent extremism, for a common platform to enhance cooperation among the Chiefs of Police of the region, promoting exchange of information and sharing best practices to fight terrorism and transnational crime and create expanded professional network and strategic alliances among law enforcement agencies of this region.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)