The Bali Process: Indonesia and Australia held a Joint Briefing

30 March, 2011 | Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Indonesia and Australia are Co-Chairs of The Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime (“The Bali Process”) which will hold its 4th Bali Regional Ministerial Conference (BRMC) in Bali on March 30, 2011.

In preparation for this event, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Australia and Vanuatu, Primo Alui Joelianto, and Australia’s Ambassador for People Smuggling, James Larsen, held a Joint Briefing on the 4th BRMC meeting at the JD Anthony Room of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra (25/03) attended by Ambassadors of the member countries of the Bali Process as well as representatives of the UNHCR and IOM in Australia.
 
This fourth meeting of the BRMC proves its continued commitment to cooperation among the countries in the region in dealing with people-smuggling, trafficking in persons, and other related cross-border crimes. This meeting will also follow-up on the results and recommendations of the meetings of both the Bali Process Ad Hoc Group Senior Officials’ Meeting (AHG SOM) and the Bali Process Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Bali on the 9-10 March 2011.
 
The Joint Briefing reviewed several of the results and recommendations of both the Bali Process AHG SOM and the Bali Process SOM as stipulated in the co-chair statements, among them the importance of increased cooperation in overcoming trafficking in persons, border security and law enforcement as well as the urgency of a regional framework to handle irregular migration. Trafficking in persons has accumulated the attention of many countries in the region, so it is in line with the view that the Bali Process should keep in mind the collective interest of the many nations party to The Bali Process.
 
In order to safeguard the upcoming Bali Process’ focus and agenda, in this joint briefing both Ambassadors encouraged the participation of the ministers of countries party to the Bali Process. Participation of each country’s relevant ministers can strengthen the results and goals of the 4th meeting of the BRMC, specifically related to cooperation in alleviating the trafficking and smuggling of persons.
 
As of this day, 16 minister-level officials from the 40 participants of the Bali Process have confirmed their attendance at the 4th BRMC, while an additional 20 countries and international organizations will attend as observers. A similar Joint Briefing has also been held by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

 

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