Corruption, fraud and foreign bribery are global problems which can damage economic development, undermine fair competition and create inequality and injustice across vulnerable economies.
Law enforcement officials from 17 countries across the Asia region are working together in Hanoi to strengthen international police cooperation in addressing serious transnational organised crime as part of the 33rd Asia Region Law Enforcement Management Program (ARLEMP).
In its eighth year and held at RMIT Vietnam Hanoi, the three week program is run in partnership between the Australian Federal Police and the Police General Department on Crime Prevention and Suppression within the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam.
Over the past eight years, 650 police and law enforcement officials from 25 countries including South Asia, South East Asia and Australia (including over 200 Vietnamese police officers) have participated in the program, covering topics such as drug trafficking, money laundering, cyber-crime, terrorism and human trafficking.
At the opening ceremony in Hanoi on 24 March 2014, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Mr Hugh Borrowman said many of today's serious crimes have complicated international roots.
"We realise it is impossible for individual law enforcement agencies to combat crime alone," Ambassador Borrowman said.
"Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organisations and citizens around the world are joining forces, and ARLEMP provides an opportunity for police forces to work together, share ideas and build trust."
Major General Nguyen Phong Hoa, Deputy Director General of the Police General Department on Crime Prevention and Suppression, Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam said the cooperation between the Vietnamese Police and the Australian Federal Police provides an opportunity for police from across the region to join together, share experiences and build relationships.
"It helps to enhance the effectiveness of combating transnational crimes, particularly in corruption and commercial fraud," Deputy Director General Major General Nguyen Phong Hoa said.
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said RMIT Vietnam is proud to continue to work with the Australian Federal Police and the Vietnamese government to deliver this unique multicultural program and build on the decade long transnational experience of the university in Vietnam.
"After three weeks of intense cooperative learning, we see participants raise their level of respect, mutual understanding and their ability to collaborate across borders on a number of policing issues," Professor McDonald said.
"Many of the over 600 alumni from the program have become key agents of positive change within their organisations."
The 33rd Asia Region Law Enforcement Management Program is running from 24 March to 11 April 2014.
View the ARLEMP media release for more details.