Wednesday, September 2, 2015

APEC senior officials reaffirm commitments on counter-terrorism

From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 2): APEC senior officials reaffirm commitments on counter-terrorism

Senior officials on Wednesday reaffirmed their continued commitments to undertake individual and joint actions to counter terrorism imperative for fostering security and resilience of businesses and communities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Oscar F. Valenzuela, chair of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Counter-Terrorism Working Group (CTWG), said APEC economies will continue implementing the work plan and the APEC Counter Terrorism and Secure Trade Strategy.

“It must be reiterated that this plan is a living document, and we must ensure that it is able to meet the changing landscape of the fight against terrorism,” he said in his closing remarks during the 6th APEC CTWG Meeting held here.

Valenzuela, Acting Executive Director of the Philippine Anti-Terrorism Council-Program Management Center, noted they also support deeper cooperation and capacity building across the priority areas of secure supply chains, travel, finance and infrastructure.

These initiatives will ensure that regional commerce is more secure, efficient and resilient, he added.

“It is hoped that the role of security, especially against terrorism, in building sustainable and resilient communities will have a real world impact that can be seen and felt by the people in our economies,” Valenzuela said.

Moreover, the APEC CTWG chair said the formal reporting of individual Counter-Terrorism Action Plan is important as it provides an avenue for the economies to report on the progress of their efforts against terrorism and securing trade.

Valenzuela said other economies can possibly learn and adapt best practices.

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