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GMS Countries to Strengthen Cooperation to Combat Trafficking

Senior official representatives from countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), donors and international organizations discussed ways to strengthen cooperation to combat human trafficking at the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT).

The Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative Against Trafficking was held in Vientiane on Nov 23 and was co-chaired by Head of the National Steering Committee for Anti-Human Trafficking Mr Phengsavanh Thipphavognxay, and Regional Project Manager of the United Nations Action for Cooperation Against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT) Ms Kari Kawarabayashi.

“Following the adoption of the 4th regional programme in 2014, member countries have been focusing on implementing the programme actively based on the capacity and real situation of each country, and making use of cooperation from international organizations and civil society,” said Mr Phengsavanh Thipphavognxay, Head of the National Steering Committee on Anti-Human Trafficking.

During the opening remarks at the meeting, Mr Phengsavanh said, “We will talk about the sustainability of COMMIT and work to identify victims and referral mechanisms as well as the involvement of young people, social organizations and finally discuss priorities of the plan for 2017. Participants will also receive updates on the progress of implementation activities of the Sub-regional Plan of Action Phase 4 (SPA4).”

The regional COMMIT meeting was a follow up meeting from the last meeting which was held on Feb 18-19, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, to review and develop a future action plan to implement SPA4.

Source: Lao News Agency