Updated: 03/27/2014 01:07

INTERPOL announces international security event

INTERPOL announces international security event

Global police agency INTERPOL will launch an international summit on global security in Singapore in April next year. 

INTERPOL World will bring together the public and private sectors to explore technologies and solutions in dealing with a host of global crime threats. 

Director of International Partnerships and Development at INTERPOL, Julia Viedma, explains why there's a need to rope in the private sector. 

"The expertise that we need to address new criminality challenges are not always in police enforcement hands. They are mainly developed by private sector, they are the ones who are dealing with technology. And they are the ones who can provide to our member countries capacity building and training they need to face the challenges."

Ms Viedma adds that the summit will focus on four key issues: cyber security, safe cities, border management and supply chain security. 

She also revealed that INTERPOL is working with ASEAN and the European Commission to enhance border security and border management. 

This includes allowing countries to tap on INTERPOL's database instantaneously when a person is entering and exiting the country. 

According to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Organised Crime 2012 - 2013, the cross-border flow of global proceeds from criminal activities, corruption and tax evasion is estimated at more than one trillion US dollars with illegal drugs and counterfeit goods each accounting for 8 per cent of world trade. 

Some 250 international and local exhibitors and around 8 thousand trade and professional visitors are expected at the three-day event.

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