Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 26, 2010


The director for anti-crime programs, David M. Luna, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), is attending the APEC Anticorruption and Transparency (ACT) Task Force meetings in Hiroshima, Japan, which will report on the Chair’s conclusions from the November 2009 Trans-Pacific Symposium on Dismantling Transnational Illicit Networks.

The Chair’s Report reflects the presentations and inter-regional dialogue among senior U.S. and foreign law enforcement and judicial officials that attended the Trans-Pacific Symposium on November 9-12 in Honolulu, Hawaii. It includes the concerns over the growing threat posed by the illicit trade across the Pacific and ways for strengthening cooperation to combat transnational organized criminal organizations and illicit networks that span East Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America. Discussion at the symposium also focused on numerous converging criminal threats that have become increasingly prominent in the trans-Pacific region. These include arms, narcotics, and human smuggling/trafficking, IPR- and cyber-crimes, money-laundering and terrorist financing, environmental crimes, and kleptocracies/corruption. Discussion covered current and emerging threats, vulnerabilities and challenges, as well as opportunities for cooperation in investigations and intelligence sharing.

The Chair’s Report on the Trans-Pacific Symposium on Dismantling Transnational Illicit Networks will also be released publicly at the APEC ACT Task Force meetings, February 27-28. The full report can be accessed at the following INL weblink:

http://www.state.gov/j/inl/rls/137311.htm

For further information, please contact:

Susan Pittman
Department of State
202-647-2842
pittmansr@state.gov



PRN: 2010/225