Inaugural Pacific regional conference talk transnational organised crime

Regional delegates at the Inaugural Pacific Regional Law Enforcement Conference in Nadi. Picture: REPEKA NASIKO

The Inaugural Pacific Regional Law Enforcement Conference officially began today at the Hilton Resort on Denarau Island in Nadi.

The three-day conference brought together representatives from the police, Customs and Immigration from across the Pacific, with academic partners.

While opening the event, Acting Minister for Defence Jone Usamate said transnational crime was an issue that had brought about devastation to the region’s communities and its younger generations.

“It is an issue that does not respect our territorial borders and brings about serious security issues for our region as a whole,” Mr Usamate said.

“Transnational organised crime comes in various forms and in the Pacific region, it is more prominent now than it was in the 1980s.

“Several UNODC reports have identified Fiji and likewise the Pacific as a transit point for drug routes.

“Drug syndicate groups are continually exploiting our vast and porous maritime borders to import and stockpile drugs for their end markets in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and north America.”

The theme of the conference is ‘Partnering to Disrupt Transnational Crime in the Pacific’ examining how security networks can be strengthened to beat criminal networks.

The meeting ends on Wednesday.

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