The Jakarta Post
Indonesia has been praised by international institutions, including the Russian Intelligence Agency ( FSB ), as a country that has become a benchmark in the fight against terrorism across the world.
Chairman of the Counter Terrorism Task Force, Harry Purwanto, said on Sunday that Indonesia was considered a country with a lot of experience in counterterrorism ranging from cyber terrorism to radicalism.
“The FSB and several financial and property institutions across the world want to draw on the experience of Indonesia in tackling terrorism in their respective countries,” said Harry.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ( APEC ) Counter Terrorism Task Force ( CTTF ) meeting held on April 7 and 8 in Surabaya, West Java.
At the two-day meeting, he said, participants discussed the readiness of APEC members to deal with threats and possible international partnerships to provide assistance with terrorism countermeasures.
The Foreign Ministry’s director for Asia Pacific and Africa intra-region cooperation, Arto Suryodipuro, said the two-day APEC Terrorism Task Force forum would specifically discuss terrorism funding in Asia Pacific.
“We will detect the flows of money being used to finance cross-border terrorism and how financial institutions detect the problem,” said Arto, adding that airport facilities had also become a crucial issue in tackling terrorism.
The meeting was marred by a rally staged by university students, who protested that the APEC conference did not bring positive effects to Indonesian economic development, on Saturday.
On its official website, APEC states that terrorism poses a direct threat to the organizations vision of a secure, open and prosperous economy.
Heads of state have pledged to secure the region’s people, economy, trade, investment and financial systems from terrorist attack or abuse and trade-based money laundering.
Their commitments to fight terrorism are expressed in two principle statements — the 2001 APEC Leaders Statement on Counter-Terrorism and the 2002 Statement on Fighting Terrorism and Promoting Growth — and in every annual Leaders’ Declaration.
Arto said that each APEC member would share thoughts and concepts in terms of terrorism funding and security enhancement.
“One of the issues is using sniffer dogs. Here, we will exchange views and ideas on the training of sniffer dogs,” said Arto.
The 29th CTTF meeting is part of the APEC conference due to take place on April 6-21.
The APEC conference is divided into two events: the second Senior Officers Meeting ( SOM ) on April 7-19, and the Ministers Responsible for Trade ( MRT ) meeting on April 19-21.
It is estimated that a total 2,000 representatives from 21 member states and three observer states will attend.
At least 38 meetings will be held during the conference, the Food Safety Cooperation Forum ( FSCF ) and Committee on Trade and Investment ( CTI ) meetings.