Association of Southeast Asian Nations Joint Operations Against Cybercrime

Proponent : Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore
Implementing Agency : INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation


ASEAN recognizes the global threat of cybercrime as one of the fastest growing forms of transnational crime. ASEAN Member States, in the 4th ASEAN Senior Officials Roundtable on Cybercrime on 19 July 2016, expressed the collective need to invest more in the fight against cybercrime. This commitment was translated in the establishment of the ASEAN Cyber Capability Desk within the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation and staffed by ASEAN government officials. The ASEAN Cyber Capability Desk seeks to address the challenges in the ASEAN region by coordinating the ASEAN Joint Operations Against Cybercrime to help regional law enforcement agencies to combat cybercrime effectively.

This project also intends to complement the ASEAN Cyber Capacity Development Project (ACCDP) by enabling the ASEAN officials to apply what they learned from the ACCDP trainings.

What is the project aiming for?

Mainly aimed at driving intelligence-led and coordinated actions against cybercrime and their perpetrators in the ASEAN region through the implementation of a harmonized regional coordination framework, the project focuses on the following:

  • Development of an ASEAN Coordination Framework to Combat Cybercrime, which caters to the unique challenges and needs of ASEAN law enforcement agencies;
  • Enhancement of communications through a Virtual Collaboration Platform, with approval of the relevant ASEAN national central bureaus;
  • Maintenance of operational agility by forming subsets of case-specific taskforces within the regional cyber law enforcement community; and
  • Support for member countries in the development of plans for multi-jurisdictional cybercrime operations across ASEAN region, with involvement in one large scale operation led by INTERPOL.

I am also pleased to update that the ASEAN Desk on Cybercrime was launched in the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in July this year. This ASEAN desk will tap on INTERPOL’s resources, to drive ASEAN-centric joint operations against cybercrime. I strongly urge all ASEAN member states to lend your support by seconding an officer to the IGCI so that we can kick start the operations of the Desk for ASEAN’s direct and immediate benefit. It would be a meaningful and worthwhile investment in an operational project bringing valuable returns to each country.

Speech by Mr. Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary
Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health, Singapore at the
12th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC)
31 October 2018
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

The project supports the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime Cybercrime Work Programme to implement the ASEAN Plan of Action in Combating Transnational Crime (2016-2025). The project will be implemented for a period of two years, from 2019 to 2021.

30 August 2019