Sixth Regional Seminar on Good Governance
for Southeast Asian Countries
UNAFEI hosted the Sixth Regional Seminar on Good Governance for Southeast
Asian Countries, known as the GG Seminar, from 12 to 14 December 2012 in
the Main Conference Room of the Ministry of Justice in Tokyo. As this year
marks the 50th anniversary of UNAFEI's foundation, the Seminar was held
as a commemorative event.
UNAFEI has hosted the GG Seminar annually since 2007 to promote the rule
of law and good governance in Southeast Asian Countries. UNAFEI held the
First and the Second Seminars in Bangkok, Thailand, the Third and the Fourth
Seminars in Manila, the Philippines and the Fifth Seminar in Tokyo, Japan.
This year's event was also held in Tokyo, Japan.
The main theme of this Seminar was "International Cooperation: Mutual
Legal Assistance and Extradition". The twenty criminal justice practitioners
participated from eight countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia,
Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition to those representatives,
nine guest speakers and advisors presented at the Seminar on behalf of
the following organizations: the Attorney General's Chambers of Singapore,
the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime
and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD), the International Centre for Asset
Recovery (ICAR) of the Basel Institute on Governance, the Korean Institute
of Criminology, the Seoul High Prosecutors' Office of the Republic of Korea,
and Beijing Normal University. UNAFEI also invited four Japanese advisers
from the National Police Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the
Ministry of Justice.
The Deputy Director of UNAFEI delivered the introductory remarks, which
were followed by the presentations of the participants, guest speakers
and advisers. During discussions, the participants and guest speakers emphasized
the necessity of international cooperation and the importance of sharing
practical information and experiences, thereby enhancing international
cooperation in the fight against corruption and transnational organized
crime, particularly through effective MLA and extradition. The Seminar
brought together experts from the central authorities of eight countries
for the purposes of sharing information regarding MLA and extradition procedures
and practices and strengthening personal relationships among criminal justice
practitioners. As a consequence, it was recognized that the Seminar was
a significant step towards more effective international cooperation. The
Seminar closed on a high note, following the Chairperson's reading of his
Statement summarizing the discussions.
UNAFEI intends to continue providing forums for the promotion of Good Governance.
The report of the Sixth Regional Seminar on Good Governance for Southeast
Click here to read the introductory remarks made by the Deputy Director of UNAFEI.
Click here to read the Chair's Statement.
Commemorative Photo of the Participants
Mr. Katsuyuki Nishikawa,
Vice Minister of Justice of Japan,
giving an address at the opening ceremony
Presentations during the Seminar
Mr. Makoto Taki, Former Minister of Justice of Japan,
giving a congratulatory speech
at UNAFEI's 50th Anniversary Ceremony