First GCTF workshop on crime-fighting to open in Taipei

Taipei, The first transnational crime-fighting and forensic science workshop under the Taiwan-U.S. Global Cooperation Training Framework (GCTF) will kick off Tuesday in Taipei, with the aim of deepening international cooperation to combat cross-border crime, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced Monday.

The two-day workshop will be jointly co-hosted by the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan during the absence of the diplomatic ties between the two nations, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB), an AIT statement said.

The workshop will be attended by representatives of 16 countries on three continents, who will share practices to deepen international cooperation to combat cross-border crime, the statement said.

New AIT Director William Brent Christensen, who arrived Taiwan last Saturday, will join Justice Minister Tsai Ching-hsiang (???) in delivering remarks at the opening ceremony.

Premier Lai Ching-te (???) will deliver welcome remarks, the statement said.

Established in June 2015, the GCTF is designed to support bilateral cooperation in international public health, humanitarian assistance and other global issues.

This will be the 12th workshop since the GCTF's inception in 2015, but it will be the first to focus on transnational crime- fighting and cross-border cooperation against crime. More than 200 representatives from 33 countries in the Asia-Pacific region have taken part in the workshops under the GCTF so far, according to MOFA.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel