First Senior Officials Meeting

Location: Jakarta, IndonesiaDate: 27 March 2003
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The Senior Officials meeting served as a preparatory meeting for The Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crimes in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2003.

H. E. Dr. N. Hassan Wirajuda, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Indonesia noted the progress made by the two Bali Process Ad-hoc Experts' Working Groups, which carried out their respective work programmes through various meetings, surveys, assessments and workshops.

The Ad-Hoc Experts' Working Group on Regional and International Cooperation completed work in the field of information sharing and exchange among participating countries, and made studies on the feasibility of establishing a regional information network. It also conducted a public awareness promotion campaign and identified capacity needs and ways to fulfill them.

The Ad-Hoc Experts' Working Group on Legislative Framework, Policy Issues and Law Enforcement completed a survey and assessment of national legislation of participating countries, established
networks of cooperation among relevant law enforcement agencies, and begun establishing model laws for criminalizing smugglers and traffickers.

It also identified areas for further capacity building and cooperation, as well as measures to enhance capacities for identity verification, document examination, and effective enforcement.