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High-level talks focus on ending human trade

Update: February, 03/2012 - 09:50

HA NOI — Delegates from the Mekong sub-regional countries will gather in Ha Noi later this month to participate in two high-level meetings focused on fighting human trafficking.

The eighth Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM-8) and the third Inter-Ministerial Meeting (IMM-3) of the Mekong sub-regional countries will be held from February 14-15 and on February 16, respectively.

SOM-8 will focus on reviewing and evaluating the Mekong sub-region's co-operation on human trafficking prevention in the 2008 – 2010 period and discussing plans for the 2012 – 2013 term while selecting prioritised activities for 2012, announced the Ministry of Public Securities' General Department for Crime Prevention at a press briefing yesterday.

Participants will also discuss issues relating to increasing dialogues with other forums in anti-human trafficking and the stability of the Co-ordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative Against Trafficking (COMMIT) after 2013.

An evaluation of the results of the 3rd Youth Forum of member countries on fighting human trafficking will also take place.

IMM-3 participants will review the results of a plan to counter human trafficking during the 2008 – 2010 period, and approve an action plan for 2011–2013.

The Mekong Sub-region includes six member countries: Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, China, Myanmar and Thailand.

The group signed a Memorandum of Understanding to co-operate in anti-human trafficking in 2004.— VNS

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