October 28, 2020
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, and Australian Office host Global Cooperation and Training Framework Workshop
on Combatting COVID-19 Related Crimes
This morning, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, and Australian Office kicked off a Global Cooperation and Training Framework workshop on combatting COVID-19 related crimes.
AIT Deputy Director Raymond Greene joined Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang, Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang, MJIB Director General Leu Weng-jong, Australian Representative Gary Cowan, and JTEA Deputy Representative Yokochi Akira in delivering opening remarks, some in-person and others virtually. Deputy Director Greene’s remarks highlighted the need for international partners to work together to counter the disinformation and other crimes perpetrated by unscrupulous individuals in the context of the global pandemic. Deputy Director Greene said: “Excluding Taiwan from international law enforcement efforts creates dangerous loopholes that can be exploited by bad actors. COVID-19 related crimes are no exception. We hope this workshop will provide an opportunity for Taiwan to share its expertise with other partners working to address this transnational challenge.”
Over 300 practitioners from 31 countries are participating in this virtual workshop, learning best practices from law enforcement experts from the United States, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia, and sharing their own experiences to take lessons learned back to their own countries to confront the new global challenge of countering COVID-19 related schemes and disinformation.