TRANSNATIONAL crime continues to be a human and economic security threat and remains a matter of concern and priority for law enforcement agencies of the Pacific region.
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat's secretary general, Tuiloma Neroni Slade said recent statistics indicated that the region was being actively targeted as a transit route for the trafficking of arms, people and illicit drugs.
"I note and commend the efficient and co-ordinated efforts by national and regional law enforcement agencies to combat these criminal activities and threats," he said.
Mr Slade made the comments at the opening of the 43rd Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga, Cook Islands earlier this week.
He also said the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands continued to be a mission of the greatest assistance and support to the Solomon Islands.
"I report also that the Forum Ministerial Contact Group on Fiji was able to conduct a successful visit to Fiji on May 1, 2012," he said.
"This was the group's first visit since the implementation of targeted measures in May 2009. This issue is also for leaders' consideration at this meeting."
Mr Slade also told the Pacific leaders that their meeting was an occasion to acknowledge the strength, insight, determination and wisdom of Pacific women — past and present.
"We need to continue with greater clarity, to support and encourage concerted efforts underway to effectively address the entrenched disadvantages that many women face in participation in education, economic opportunities and leadership, and social advancement."
"There is some pleasing response to calls for increased women's political participation and decision-making, and to advancing women's economic status.
"But much more needs to be done to instill zero tolerance for violence against women and girls," Mr Slade said.