Remarks by MOFA Deputy Minister Harry Ho-jen Tseng for 2021 International Police Cooperation Forum &
GCTF Virtual Conference on Combating Cybercrime through International Law Enforcement Collaboration
October 6, 2021
Ladies and gentlemen:
Welcome to today’s Virtual Conference on Combating Cybercrime through International Law Enforcement Collaboration under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF).
Since the establishment of the GCTF in 2015, six workshops or virtual conferences on law enforcement cooperation have been held. The Investigation Bureau and the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office participated in these events, which covered such topics as protecting intellectual property rights; safeguarding trade secrets and digital privacy; and combating money laundering, COVID-19-related crimes, corruption, and transnational crime.
The GCTF has offered a global platform to further connect law enforcement agencies from different countries. For the first time, we are collaborating with the National Police Agency, bringing together this GCTF event and the International Police Cooperation Forum to broaden the discussion.
With the advancement of technology, transnational cybercrime has become more diverse and rampant. To tackle such crime, global cooperation is required. Taiwan has been frequently challenged by cyberattacks and has accumulated abundant experience in fighting them. Our government recognizes that cybersecurity is a crucial component of national security. We have done our utmost to combat cybercrime by implementing policies to cultivate cybersecurity talents and foster legal cooperation with other countries.
There is a true need to facilitate cross-border police cooperation, enhance public safety, and combat forms of transnational crime such as corruption, human trafficking, and money laundering. Taiwan aspires to participate in the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), so that we can further cooperate with international law enforcement organizations and fulfil our responsibility to help ensure global public safety. Taiwan’s participation would certainly advance INTERPOL’s aim to make the world a safer place.
Last but not least, I would like to express my appreciation to the American Institute in Taiwan and the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association for cohosting this GCTF event. I also want to thank the experts from the United States and Japan for sharing their technological investigation platforms, which will further enable us to fight crime together. I am positive that, through law enforcement cooperation, we can build a safer world.
I wish the event every success and you all fruitful discussions. Thank you!