The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) concluded that future work will include commitment to come up with work plans on combating transnational crime comprising projects and activities on key areas such as counter-terrorism, trafficking in persons, and cybercrime.


The 8th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime was held in Bali, Indonesia, on October 10-11, 2011, to consolidate and further strengthen regional cooperation in combating transnational crimes. The Ministers noted that cybercrime has been growing so rapidly, and that they should step up efforts and cooperation in fighting those crimes.

The 31st ASEAN Chiefs of Police conference (ASEANAPOL) was held in Vientiane, Laos, May 30-June 3, 2011. A partnership with INTERPOL in the region as the Global Complex (IGC) in Singapore, would enable ASEANAPOL to be capable of responding to the challenges presented by cybercrime.


The ASEAN Chiefs of Police met in Hanoi, Vietnam, in May 2009. The conference adopted resolutions, including on Cyber Crime such as:

“ 8.7.1. To continue to encourage the member countries to review the need for a baseline set of law on cyber crime and to provide for the enactment of such laws, where necessary.”

The Meeting for Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers was held in Vientiane, Laos, in October 2009. 

The 7th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on November 17, 2009, declared to consolidate and further strengthen regional cooperation in combating transnational crime. It was also made a statement that they unanimously welcomed the signing of revised ASEAN-China Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Field on Non-traditional Security Issues. 


A joint communique from the ASEAN Chiefs of Police Conference in Brunei Darussalam in May 2008 included the adoption of resolutions on cybercrime.


Ministers of ASEAN member countries and China, with responsibility for cooperation in combating transnational crime, met in Brunei Darussalam in November 2007. It was agreed that with the emerging challenges and increasing scope of international crime cooperation, the ASEAN_China Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) needed to be reviewed and revised accordingly. In a Joint Communique, including China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, a statement was adopted as follows:

"We held a retreat to exchange views on strengthening ASEAN+3 cooperation in combating transnational crime focusing on the emerging challenges of cyber-crime and its strong linkages to other transnational crime for example terrorism and trafficking-in persons."

Before 2007

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has established high level Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC). At the Meeting in Bangkok, January 8, 2004, a statement included cyber crime was recognized and the need for an effective legal cooperation to enhance the fight against transnational crime.

A Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Declaration on ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity, was signed on October 8, 2003, in Bali, Indonesia. ASEAN and China will pursue the following joint actions and measures:

2.5.7. Formulate cooperative and emergency response procedures for purposes of maintaining and enhancing cybersecurity, and preventing and combating cybercrime.

In a statement from ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) on July 2006 it was emphasized that:

“Believing that an effective fight against cyberattacks and terrorist misuse of cyberspace requires increased, rapid and well functioning legal and other forms of cooperation.

ARF participating states and organization endeavor to enact, if they have not yet done so, and implement cybercrime and cybersecurity laws in accordance with their national conditions and by referring to relevant international instruments and recommendations/guidelines for the prevention, detection, reduction, and mitigation of attacks to which they are party, including the ten recommendations in the UN General Assembly Resolution 55/63 on Combating the Criminal Misuse of Information Technologies.

ARF participating countries and organization acknowledge the importance of a national framework for cooperation and collaboration in addressing criminal, including terrorist, misuse of cyber space and encourage the formulation of such a framework that may include…”