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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 14th August 2018 – The Prosecutors-General of ASEAN and China have begun discussions focused on the sharing of best practices to address the challenges emerging from the prevalence of cybercrime at the 11th China-ASEAN Prosecutors General Conference. The two day meeting is currently being held at the Rizqun International Hotel, Brunei Darussalam.
Initiating discussions at the start of the meeting, the Honourable Attorney General of Brunei Darussalam, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hairol Arni bin Haji Abdul Majid as Chairperson of the Conference, informed the meeting, that theme "Enhancing Capabilities and Cooperation in Addressing Cybercrime" was selected due to cybercrime's increasing effects on our society which can have negative consequences. He further expressed hope that the deliberations and discussions during the Conference would allow countries, in particular, prosecutors to derive best practices from each other in our effort to constantly improve existing mechanisms as well as to advocate and formulate new measures which are practical and efficient to address transnational crime.
Following on from this, H.E. Mr Zhang Jun, Prosecutor General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of the People's Republic of China, in his welcoming remarks as co-chair expressed his gratitude to the Government of Brunei Darussalam for the hosting of the Conference. He stated that 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of "Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity" between China and ASEAN where both sides have adhered to the themes of cooperation and development. He further stated that the China-ASEAN Prosecutor-General conference mechanism had brought ASEAN member states and China closer together as well as noted the milestones achieved such as the setting up of the "China-ASEAN Prosecutor General Conference Official Website" and the establishment of the "Training Base for China-ASEAN Prosecutors" which has been set up in Guangxi province of China. He further encouraged continued use of the mechanism through the deepening of high-level exchange visits, judiciary assistance in criminal cases and direct cooperation among prosecutorial organs in border regions to stamp out transnational crime to make stronger contributions to regional peace and stability and common prosperity. In commenting on the theme of the Conference, H.E. Mr Zhang Jun stated that Cybercrime remains "an arduous challenge for all countries in the world" and that it is the "obligatory social responsibility" for prosecutorial organs to crack down on cybercrime and protect information security. He also urged the delegates of the Conference to continue to break through traditional modes of legal cooperation in order to more effectively fight cybercrime.
The first day of the Conference saw several key-note speeches delivered by Heads of Delegations of the China-ASEAN region as well as representatives from Hong Kong and Macau. Brunei Darussalam's Key-Note Speech which was delivered by Yang Mulia Dayang Zuraini binti Haji Sharbawi, Solicitor General and Head of the delegation of Brunei Darussalam highlighted the pressing need to "formulate appropriate and innovative ways to combat cybercrime and to ensure that perpetrators do not get away with circumventing the laws and regulations", especially given the rise in cyber-attacks on institutions and businesses as well as the increased use of social media to breed extremism and terrorism. In addition to the various initiatives taken by the Government of Brunei Darussalam, in particular the Attorney General's Chambers, in addressing cybercrime, she also informed the Conference that countries need to better combat the phenomenon through effective legislation concerning data preservation, the use of informal networks in order to facilitate international cooperation as well as increasing information sharing amongst each other.
In the evening, the Honourable Attorney General of Brunei Darussalam, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hairol Arni bin Haji Abdul Majid hosted a gala dinner which was accompanied by traditional performances showcasing the cultural heritage of Brunei Darussalam. The Conference continues tomorrow, 15th August 2018.
Opening Ceremony of 11th China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference
Prosecutors-General Conclude 11th China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference by Signing Joint Declaration
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