Ministers from the six nations in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) held a meeting from Dec. 12 to 14 to coordinate their strategy on striking transnational human trafficking.
The meeting, the second of its kind, groups ministers from China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The first meeting was held in October 2007 in Yangon, Myanmar.
The ministerial meeting will review the implementation of the memorandum of understanding on strengthening cooperation between GMS countries in cracking down on transnational human trafficking signed at the first meeting, and the plan of action (2005-2007) on combating transnational crime.
The meeting will also discuss and pass the second-phase action plan, scheduled for 2008 to 2010, and sign a joint declaration on the process of cracking down on human trafficking in the GMS.
The fifth senior officials' meeting will be also held on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting, sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security.
Adapted from: Du Guodong, "Greater Mekong Subregion ministers to hold 2nd meeting against human trafficking." Xinhua Net. 3 December 2007.
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