Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Vietnam opens the first ASEAN Traffic Police Forum

The Hanoitimes – The first ASEAN Traffic Police Forum, an initiative of Vietnam, kicked off in Hanoi on November 21.
Participating in the forum were Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Sen. Lieut. Gen To Lam, together 150 delegates from the ASEAN nations, and representatives from embassies of regional countries and the ASEAN Police Chiefs (ASEANPOL). 
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the forum, Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Sen. Lieut. Gen To Lam highlighted similarities in traffic safety and order shared by ASEAN countries with high rates of traffic accidents, deaths, injuries and congestion.
Delegates attend the forum.
Delegates attend the forum.
Member countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region also signed memoranda of understanding on cooperation in transport, he said, noting that such documents have just touched upon cooperation in facilitating cross-border transportation without mentioning collaboration in ensuring traffic safety and order. 
The Vietnamese Government has paid special attentions to ensuring traffic safety and order, and considered this one of the main national programmes, Minister Lam affirmed. 
However, Vietnam remains one of countries with large numbers of traffic accidents and jams, he noted.
The official shared that the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security hopes to learn from other regional countries’ experience in ensuring traffic order and safety, and improving State management in this field. 
Major General Tran Son Ha, head of the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security, said transport and traffic order and safety play a significant role in building a complete and sustainable ASEAN Community. 
He stressed that transport helps promote socio-economic and cultural development as well as trade exchange domestically, regionally and internationally. 
During the forum, traffic police from ASEAN member nations exchanged experience in ensuring traffic safety and order, and discussed measures to facilitate cross-border transportation.
The forum, that lasts until November 23, will mention issues regarding traffic accidents, traffic law enforcement and driving licence grant. 
The participants are scheduled to join a fact-finding trip to the Hanoi-Hai Phong expressway.
Thu Minh


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