Forum focuses on natural disasters

Fiji Times Online:

Monday, 13th June 2016


The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Regional Security Committee meeting that highlighted issues such as increasing incidence of illicit drug use, organised financial and environmental crimes ended in Suva last week.

PIFS acting secretary general Andie Fong Toy said the committee also focused on natural disasters and its effect on Pacific Island countries.

"These events have generated greater attention to ways in which we as the forum can come together to support our individual members in times of natural disasters," Ms Fong Toy said.

"As with natural disasters affecting individual countries, the forum has also recognised the value of regional action to support members experiencing internal security crises."

Ms Fong Toy said transnational crimes continued to present threats to the security of the Pacific region.

"The 2016 edition of the Pacific Transnational Crime Assessment identifies current regional issues in transnational crime and describes a number of disturbing trends.

"The PTCA also identifies reasons these kinds of crimes may be increasing and we have long recognised limited resources at the national level to enforce criminal laws and limited sharing of intelligence as a reason, but there is now growing awareness of the links between poor governance and increased vulnerability to transnational crime"

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