The 29th APEC Counter-Terrorism Task Force (CTTF) Meeting was held on 7-8 April 2013 in Surabaya, Indonesia at the second Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 2). Key issues of the meeting included:
- Members discussed the CTTF Strategic Plan 2013-2017 and decided it would serve as a living document, strongly aligned with the APEC Consolidated Counter-terrorism and Secure Trade Strategy (CT/ST).
- Indonesia updated members on the planning of the STAR IX Conference. Members agreed to study a suitable tentative schedule (TBC).
- CTTF members reviewed the 2013 Independent Assessment draft report and agreed to send written feedback on the recommendations highlighted in the report.
- Members reported on the implementation of the CTTF Work Plan 2013 and on the APEC Counter-Terrorism and Secure Trade Strategy's cross-cutting activity areas, such as Secure Supply Chains; Secure Travel; Secure Finance and Secure Infrastructure.
- CTTF discussed the possibility of transforming the CTTF from a task force into a permanent working group.
Updates on Ongoing Projects
On Secure Finance Members welcomed Australia’s update on the ongoing self-funded project on Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs). The next workshop will be held on 21-22 May 2013 in Jakarta Indonesia (TBC).
On Secure Infrastructure CTTF approved Canada’s full project proposal of Major Events Security Planning and it will seek APEC funding. Members welcomed the U.S. draft agenda for the Policy Dialogue on Critical Infrastructure Protection in the APEC Region to be held back to back with the next CTTF meeting at the end of June at SOM3.
The 28th Counter-Terrorism Task Force (CTTF) meeting was held in January 29-30 in Jakarta, Indonesia at the first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 1). Key issues of the meeting included:
- On the Counter Terrorism Action Plans (CTAP), thirteen member economies submitted their updates during 2012 which were summarized in the CTAP Summary Report by the APEC Secretariat. Members agreed to review the results of the Report to identify CTTF Capacity Building needs as well as the economies willing to provide them.
- Members reviewed progress on planned and completed projects in support of the CTTF Work Plan 2012, the CT/Secure Trade Strategy and the APEC Travel Facilitation Initiative (FTI).
- On Capacity Building Evaluation, members approved Australia’s proposed survey tool form to evaluate CTTF capacity buildings initiatives and requested this tool to be uploaded to the APEC website.
- Members agreed to start developing the Strategic Plan in accordance with recommendations by the SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE).
Projects and Initiatives
- On Secure Supply Chains: the joint CTTF/TPTWG/SCCP Trade Recovery Project led by the Transportation Working Group (TPTWG) to be submitted for APEC funding in 2013.
- On Secure Finance: Australia’s self-funded project on Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs) was held in November 19-20, 2012 in Singapore. The next two DNFBP workshops will be held in the May-June 2013 period in Indonesia and the Philippines respectively (TBC).
- On Secure Infrastructure: Canada’s concept proposal of Major Events Security Planning, as well as the United States proposal of a Future Policy Dialogue on Critical Infrastructure Protection in the APEC Region.
- On Secure Travel:
- The 3rd APEC Aviation Security Canine Screening Workshop led by USA held on 18-19 March 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.
- The Aviation Security: Low Cost/No Cost Security and Checkpoint Optimization Capabilities Workshop led by USA will be held on May 14-15, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Counter Terrorism Action Plans
Counter Terrorism Action Plans were developed in 2003 as a tool for tracking the progress of economies in implementing Leaders' directions on APEC's security and counter-terrorism related work program, and for identifying the capacity building assistance required by member economies to implement these measures.
Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR)
One of APEC's key counter-terrorism priorities is the Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR) initiative, which aims to secure and enhance the flow of goods and people through measures that protect cargo, ships, international aviation and people in transit. STAR programs are designed to include the private sector, in recognition of the fact that the engagement and active participation of business is fundamental to the success of APEC's secure trade agenda. Annual APEC STAR Conference have been organised since 2003. The conferences bring executives and government officials together to identify impediments to and solutions for promoting trade efficiency while ensuring security.
CTTF activities 2012
The 27th CTTF meeting was held on May 24-25 in Kazan, Russia. Key issues of the meeting included:
- On capacity building programs: The ‘Friends of the Chair group’ circulated a non-paper, containing recommendations to improve the CTTF’s monitoring and evaluation process. CTTF members approved the non-paper and agreed to maintain the Friends of the Chair Group who will work with the Secretariat to oversee the application of the recommendations to new or existing CTTF projects. To avoid any duplication of efforts, the CTTF will continue to communicate with the Budget and Management Committee (BMC) which is also working on project evaluation.
- CTTF members approved by consensus the nomination of Indonesia (Ambassador Purwanto) for the CTTF Chairmanship period of 2013-2014. The position of Vice Chair remains open and any economies interested in this position should contact the Secretariat.
PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES
3rd APEC Workshop on Counter-Terrorism Finance and the Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Sector (self-funded). Malaysia and the United States implemented the CTTF workshop on the misuse of Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) for terrorist financing in Kuala Lumpur on January 30-31, 2012.
3rd APEC workshop on Air Cargo Security. Vietnam organized the 3rd APEC Workshop on Air Cargo Security, which was held in Ho Chi Minh City on April 18-19, 2012.
APEC Bus Anti-Terrorism Workshop (self-funded). A Bus Anti-Terrorism Workshop, co-sponsored by the Philippines and the United States, was held in Manila on 10-11 July 2012.
Regional Food Defense Workshop and Food Defense capacity building programs (self funded). The United States updated CTTF members on its food defense program of work, including two regional food defense events, which were implemented in Bangkok since the last CTTF meeting.
Combating Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering" Australia is working on a self-funded joint CTTF and Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group (ACT) project proposal entitled "Combating Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering."
Joint TPTWG AEG-SEC/CTTF APEC Aviation Security Canine Screening Workshop (self-funded). The United States is working on the “APEC Aviation Security Canine Screening Workshop,” a joint implementation project between the Transportation Working Group (TPTWG), Aviation Experts Group (AEG), and the SEC/CTTF.
The United States is working on a concept for a multi-year APEC project on Trade Recovery Communications Mechanisms. The project would be a joint initiative between the CTTF, the Business Mobility Group (BMG), and the Sub-Committee on Customs Procedure (SCCP).
The 26th CTTF meeting was held on 7-8 February 2012 in Moscow, Russia. Key issues discussed included:
- Adoption of two aviation security workshop proposals: Low Cost/No Cost Security and Checkpoint Optimization and Canine Explosives Detection.
- Completion of the 2011 Counter-Terrorism Action Plan (CTAP) summary report. Sixteen economies presented their reports.
- CTTF-1 also featured a Policy Dialogue on Supply Chain Security, in which CTTF members were joined by representatives from the World Customs Organization, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, APEC Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures, APEC Business Mobility Group, and APEC Transportation Working Group’s Maritime Security Experts Group. The presentations and discussion focused on identifying security gaps and vulnerabilities in the regional and global supply chain, as well as employing risk assessment tools to effectively address security challenges.
CTTF activities 2011
The 25th CTTF meeting was held in San Francisco, California in September 2011. Key issues discussed include:
- Members presented their Counter-Terrorism Action Plans (CTAP) updates. Fifteen economies presented their reports, highlighting the need for capacity building and for informing members about their progress and achievements in implementing APEC Leaders’ and Ministers’ commitments in the area of counter terrorism. Based on the CTAP updates, the Secretariat will prepare a Summary Report of APEC economies’ Counter Terrorism Capacity Building Needs.
- The first CTTF-Tourism Working Group Joint Dialogue on Tourism Security was held at the margins of the meeting. The discussion focused on creating synergies between the two groups on tourism security and explored potential opportunities for APEC going forward in view of the tourism sector’s importance to APEC economies.
PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES
APEC Seminar on Protection of Cyberspace (self-funded). Korea organized the 3rd APEC Seminar on Protection of Cyberspace (7-8 September 2011 in Seoul, Korea). This project was co-endorsed by the Security and Prosperity Steering Group (SPSG). The seminar explored ways to further enhance cooperation in combating cyber threats in the APEC region.
Seminar Preventing Terrorist Activity from Disrupting Major Events: Conducting Preparatory Exercises (self-funded). Canada implemented the CTTF Major Event Security Workshop held in Vancouver from 12-14 September 2011.
8th Secure Trade in the APEC Region Conference (STAR VIII) CTTF implemented the “8th Secure Trade in the APEC Region Conference (STAR VIII)” on 15-16 September 2011 in San Francisco. Many CTTF members attended the Conference, and at CTTF-3 they discussed the Conference proceedings and provided suggestions for strengthening future conferences.
Ambassador Harry PURWANTO (Mr)
Deputy for International Cooperation of National Counter Terrorism Agency
Sergio NAREA (Mr)