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Taiwan, Australia, Japan & US stage GCTF virtual workshop on combating COVID-19 related crimes

04 November 2020 | News

The spotlight was on the commitment to countering internet-facilitated schemes, disinformation and other criminal developments that have arisen or worsened amid the pandemic

Photo Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Taiwan

Photo Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Taiwan

A virtual workshop on combating illegal activity related to COVID-19 was held by Taiwan, Australia, Japan and the U.S. under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework on 28 Oct 2020 in Taipei City, spotlighting the like-minded partners’ commitment to countering internet-facilitated schemes and disinformation.

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau, Australian Office Taipei, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association and American Institute in Taiwan, the one-day event addressed criminal developments that have arisen or worsened amid the pandemic. More than 300 attendees from 31 countries took part in the workshop to learn best practices from the four host nations’ law enforcement experts and share their own experiences.

MOFA Deputy Minister Tien Chung-kwang said "COVID-19 has created tremendous challenges such as hoarding of personal protective equipment and spreading of disinformation. Countries must cooperate to create a safety net protecting against such illegal activities".

AIT Deputy Director Raymond Greene said, "The workshop serves as an opportunity for Taiwan to share its expertise with participants working to address these issues".

Launched in 2015 by Taiwan and the U.S. to build capacity and strengthen multilateral cooperation among like-minded partners, GCTF has grown to include Australia, Japan and Sweden.

A total of 27 workshops involving more than 900 experts and government officials from 60 countries have been staged to date under the initiative, spanning areas such as disaster relief, education, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, public health and women’s empowerment. (SFC-E)

Image Caption: MOFA Deputy Minister Tien Chung-kwang (from left) is joined by MJIB Director-General Leu Weng-jong, MOJ Minister Tsai Ching-hsiang, AIT Deputy Director Raymond Greene and JTEA Deputy Rep. Yokochi Akira in giving the thumbs-up during the virtual GCTF workshop on combating crimes related to COVID-19 Oct. 28 in Taipei City.

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