ASEAN works to realise target of drug-free community

Vietnam aims to cut the number of traffic accidents and deaths by 5-10 percent every year and lower the number of severe crashes related to coaches and motorbikes between 2016 and 2020. Vietnam aims to cut the number of traffic accidents and deaths by 5-10 percent annually between 2016 and 2020. The objectives are parts of a recently approved national target programme on road safety, fire prevention and control and countering crime and drug trafficking for 2016 – 2020. The programme focuses on handling traffic safety violations on several key roads and ensuring order at selected train stations to reduce accidents, particularly at railway crossroads.  It also aims to improve traffic flow in big cities like Hanoi and HCM City and prevent traffic jams from lasting more than 30 minutes. In addition, the programme will develop wireless and wireline information networks for the Ministry of Public Security and connect the Traffic Police Bureau with local traffic police departments and stations as well as on-duty traffic police on highways. It will also invest in advanced firefighting equipment and build information centres for firefighting and rescue operations in 16 cities and provinces. Furthermore, it hopes to bring the recidivism rate of released offenders to below 20 percent, provide 75 percent of capable prisoners with vocational training in jail and offer job seeking advice and assistance to all released offenders. The programme targets razing all illegal cannabis farms and ending all drug “hot spots” and illegal drug production in the country by 2020.…... [read more]

Vietnam aims to cut the number of traffic accidents and deaths by 5-10 percent annually between 2016 and 2020. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam aims to cut the number of traffic accidents and deaths by 5-10 percent every year and lower the number of severe crashes related to coaches and motorbikes between 2016 and 2020. The objectives are parts of a recently approved national target programme on road safety, fire prevention and control and countering crime and drug trafficking for 2016 – 2020. The programme focuses on handling traffic safety violations on several key roads and ensuring order at selected train stations to reduce accidents, particularly at railway crossroads. It also aims to improve traffic flow in big cities like Hanoi and HCM City and prevent traffic jams from lasting more than 30 minutes. In addition, the programme will develop wireless and wireline information networks for the Ministry of Public Security and connect the Traffic Police Bureau with local traffic police departments and stations as well as on-duty traffic police on highways. It will also invest in advanced firefighting equipment and build information centres for firefighting and rescue operations in 16 cities and provinces. Furthermore, it hopes to bring the recidivism rate of released offenders to below 20 percent, provide 75 percent of capable prisoners with vocational training in jail and offer job seeking advice and assistance to all released offenders. The programme targets razing all illegal cannabis…... [read more]

The program on ensuring traffic safety, preventing and fighting fire, drug and crime in the phase of 2016-2020 also set a target of tackling traffic safety corridor violations in some key roads, restoring order in major railway stations and trains to reduce traffic accidents especially at level crossings. Traffic accident number and casualty rate will post a year on year reduction of 5-10 percent. Specially serious accidents relating to coaches and motorbikes will decrease. Notably, the program will completely build wireless, wireline information networks of the Ministry of Public Security, connect Traffic Police Bureau with local traffic police departments, traffic police stations and teams in highways and district traffic police nationwide. The program will equip modern firefighting apparatus and equipment, build information centers to command and manage firefighting and rescue operations in 16 provinces and cities. The Government must determine to reduce recidivism rate among those released from prison to below 20 percent. 75 percent of prisoners having enough time, health and ability will be apprenticed. 100 percent of people released from prison will receive job seeking advices and assistances. By 2020, the country will have no drug “hot spot”, deter and raze illegal cannabis planting and not let illegal drug production exist.By LAM NGUYEN – Translated by Hai Mien... [read more]

The program on ensuring traffic safety, preventing and fighting fire, drug and crime in the phase of 2016-2020 also set a target of tackling traffic safety corridor violations in some key roads, restoring order in major railway stations and trains to reduce traffic accidents especially at level crossings. Traffic accident number and casualty rate will post a year on year reduction of 5-10 percent. Specially serious accidents relating to coaches and motorbikes will decrease. Notably, the program will completely build wireless, wireline information networks of the Ministry of Public Security, connect Traffic Police Bureau with local traffic police departments, traffic police stations and teams in highways and district traffic police nationwide. The program will equip modern firefighting apparatus and equipment, build information centers to command and manage firefighting and rescue operations in 16 provinces and cities. The Government must determine to reduce recidivism rate among those released from prison to below 20 percent. 75 percent of prisoners having enough time, health and ability will be apprenticed. 100 percent of people released from prison will receive job seeking advices and assistances. By 2020, the country will have no drug “hot spot”, deter and raze illegal cannabis planting and not let illegal drug production exist.By LAM NGUYEN – Translated by Hai Mien... [read more]

At the two-day event, about 100 delegates who are heads of the national committees for drug prevention and combat from the 10 member countries also agreed to launch the green and white ribbon as the symbol of the fight against drug abuse. Member countries were encouraged to use the symbol in their drug prevention education campaigns and activities. Addressing the event, Singaporean Deputy Minister Teo Chee Hean underscored that drug production, abuse, transport and trafficking is a challenge for ASEAN, requiring closer cooperation among countries as well as a strong enough mechanism. Participants agreed that the Golden Triangle remains a “hotspot” of drug production, while acknowledging Thailand ’s proposal on an ASEAN cooperation project in combating the illegal drug production and transport in the area. They reiterated the ASEAN Joint Statement during the 59 th session of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria on March 14, 2016 as well as at the Special Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on April 19, 2016. They also called on member countries to continue maintaining solidarity and unity at these sessions and other related events. Speaking at the meeting, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong voiced concern about new trends reflecting differences and even contradictions in drug prevention and control policies around the world. Vietnam shares the ASEAN’s common stance of intolerance to drug and pursues a long-term goal of building a drug-free region which is suitable to the drug prevention and…... [read more]

The ASEAN adopted a Work Plan on Securing Communities against Illicit Drugs for the 2016-2025 period during the fifth Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters that concluded in Singapore on October 20. At the two-day event, about 100 delegates who are heads of the national committees for drug prevention and combat from the 10 member countries also agreed to launch the green and white ribbon as the symbol of the fight against drug abuse. Member countries were encouraged to use the symbol in their drug prevention education campaigns and activities. Addressing the event, Singaporean Deputy Minister Teo Chee Hean underscored that drug production, abuse, transport and trafficking is a challenge for ASEAN, requiring closer cooperation among countries as well as a strong enough mechanism. Participants agreed that the Golden Triangle remains a “hotspot” of drug production, while acknowledging Thailand’s proposal on an ASEAN cooperation project in combating the illegal drug production and transport in the area. They reiterated the ASEAN Joint Statement during the 59th session of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria on March 14, 2016 as well as at the Special Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on April 19, 2016. They also called on member countries to continue maintaining solidarity and unity at these sessions and other related events. Speaking at the meeting, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong voiced concern about new trends reflecting differences and even contradictions in drug prevention and control policies around the…... [read more]

(VOVworld)- ASEAN ministers met Tuesday in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, to tackle the issue of illegal drugs in an effort to move towards a drug-free regional bloc by 2015. At the meeting, ministers discussed drug-related issues, cooperation and collaboration between ASEAN members to achieve a common vision. The meeting prepared the final stage of evaluation to establish a drug free ASEAN starting next year. On Monday, at the ASEAN Ministerial Preparatory Meeting for the 22nd ASEAN Summit (Prep-SOM), senior officials had a comprehensive discussion on the regional drug situation in ASEAN, the achievements and challenges towards achieving the vision of a Drug-Free ASEAN 2015. The meeting acknowledged that ASEAN need to strengthen cooperation in legal framework, training and human resources and partnership with the private sector including chemical industry and pharmaceutical. The meeting also exchanged ideas on ASEAN Action plan against illegal drug production, trade and use for the 2009-2015 period.... [read more]

The Ministry of Health acts as both importer of medicine and its price manager, which has led to several inadequacies, said the minister. This is the first time the Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, has answered the NA's questions on the issue Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, admitted as much, at a National Assembly (NA) questioning on November 13. During the session, questions and answers focused on several pressing issues concerning the country's health sector, including medicine prices, medical fee hikes and gender inequity. NA deputy, Pham Xuan Thuong, from Thai Binh Province, said drug prices at hospitals are much higher than market rates, which has a negative effect on people and poses a risk to medical insurance. Tien said this is one of the major concerns for the sector as a whole. She attributed the problem to the medicine distribution process. "Pharmacological firms often co-operate with doctors, who get commissions for prescribing expensive foreign drugs. The auction process currently used has shown to be inadequate. State management has been lax," she admitted. She put much of the blame on the issuance of Circular 10 for fostering exaggerated prices of medicines, that did not reflect real market rates. Deputy Truong Van Vo from Dong Nai Province said the situation has worsened since August due the lack of strict punishments. Tien responded that the ministry has made efforts to deal with problem. They have required classifications of medicines based on their origins, while requesting market prices are…... [read more]

Money launderers in the cross-hairs (22-06-2007) HA NOI — The Vietnamese Government has joined forces with the United Nations to combat money laundering, a crime law enforcement officials say is growing in tandem with the country's booming economy. Under a three-year deal signed yesterday in Ha Noi, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will help Viet Nam investigate and prosecute money laundering cases. The project showed a firm commitment from the Vietnamese Government to fight international organised crime, said Deputy Minister of Public Security Le The Tiem. "During the past few years, the General Department of Police has investigated and discovered several cases where foreigners and Vietnamese overseas laundered money, including that earned from drug trafficking," he said. Almost US$200 million was laundered from the UK alone by Vietnamese criminal networks, said British Ambassador to Viet Nam Robert Gordon. "A lot of this money represents the proceeds of crimes, such as illegal drug production," he said. UNODC representative Narumi Yamada said a combination of specialised field knowledge and enhanced operational capabilities should help stem the money laundering tide. "Money laundering is a global phenomenon. Viet Nam, as a rapidly developing economy, with strong foreign investment and a high cash economy, meets the requirements money launderers look for to further their activities,"said Yamada. Foreign and domestic officials agreed the tme was right to take action against money laundering before it had a serious effect on the country. Money for project will be drawn from a $1.03 million UNODC…... [read more]

Japanese Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, the chief of the UN Security Council mission to Afghanistan, on November 22 warned that this country could become a failed state without the full support of the international community. The 10-member mission that paid a working visit to Afghanistan from November 11-16 witnessed a grim picture of increased Taliban violence, growing illegal drug production and fragile State institutions. In order to prevent the country from sliding back into a conflict and becoming a "failed state", the international community should provide additional and sustained support and assistance, urged Mr Oshima. Last week, the mission for the first time held talks with high-level Pakistani government officials in Islamabad before arriving in Afghanistan and meeting with President Hamid Karzai and other officials. Mr Oshima stressed the 15-member Security Council's continued commitment to the country's recovery, and in particular the importance of the Afghan Compact - a five-year blueprint for reconstruction signed in February in London. The mission is preparing a full report and will circulate it to all member states as a UN document ahead of a public meeting on Afghanistan early December. In a related development, the Afghan Counter Narcotics Trust Fund has decided to give development grants to provinces that eliminate the opium poppy. The current six opium-free provinces will each receive 500,000 USD for development projects. Afghanistan, the world's largest opium producer, had a record crop of 6,100 tonnes in 2006. Edited by T.H... [read more]




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