The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia have signed an MoU pledging a joint effort to make the region more secure.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation to Counter International Terrorism brings ASEAN and Australia closer together to deal with the threat of violent extremism in all its forms across the region, said a joint statement issued over the weekend.
“In addition to intensifying our annual engagement on counter-terrorism and transnational crime, it enshrines practical measures that strengthen and deepen dialogue on countering terrorism across our governments, and security and law enforcement institutions,” said the statement.
The MoU is supported by a suite of programmes that will be delivered across the region to counter terrorism and violent extremism. It aims to strengthen regional efforts to counter terrorist activity, assets and funding, and will further strengthen shared, regional responses to threats to stability, safety and security. The programmes include:
• technical assistance to develop and implement counter-terrorism legislation consistent with international standards and best practice
• a series of regional dialogues and forums with ASEAN and Australian law enforcement partners, aimed at combating the threat of ISIL-affiliated terrorists
• training and education for law enforcement partners on technology-enabled crime in detecting and disrupting terrorist activity
• an ASEAN-Australia electronic evidence workshop for investigations and prosecutions personnel, focusing on the use of internet based material in evidence in terrorism related prosecutions
• a counter-terrorism and foreign fighter workshop for ASEAN border security officials
• a range of courses and programs for financial intelligence analysts throughout Australia and ASEAN.