Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, many international collaborations have been put on hold. However, crimes related to COVID-19 have been surging. To share Taiwan's experience in epidemic prevention and expand international collaboration in law enforcement, the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB), along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA) and Australian Office Taipei, organized a virtual workshop on October 28, the "2020 Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) - Workshop on Combating COVID-19 Related Crimes". The objective was to discuss how to tackle epidemic related crimes and disinformation.
The opening ceremony of the workshop was hosted by the Director-General of the Bureau Mr. Weng-Jong Leu, and the Minister of Justice Mr. Ching-Hsiang Tsai, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Tien Chung-Kwang, AIT Deputy Director Mr. Raymond Greene, JTEA Deputy Representative Mr. Akira Yokochi, and Australia Representative Mr. Gary Richard Cowan were invited to deliver their remarks. Officers from the Economic Crime Prevention Division and the Cyber Security Investigation Office of the MJIB, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the relevant units from Japan shared, via videoconferencing, case studies and experience from their respective countries. Law enforcement officials from all over the world were invited to join in the live stream, showcasing the capacity of our country to make contributions to the international community and expanding the international participation of our law enforcement agencies.
Since the Bureau first recommended law enforcement sessions to be incorporated into GCTF in 2018, it organized the "International Workshop on Combating Transnational Crime and Forensic Science" in the same year, and the "International Training Workshop on Anti-Corruption in Public and Private Sectors" in 2019, thereby making concrete progresses in combating transnational crimes, heightening the momentum of forensic science, building ethical and capable governments, and preventing commercial espionage. This year, the challenges posed by the pandemic have not only impacted the lifestyle of the people in general, but also the modi operandi of many criminals. As such, the workshop focused on reviewing the performance of Taiwan, the US, Japan and Australia in epidemic prevention, as well the law enforcement achievement in combating crime and disinformation. The workshop invited law enforcement officials from 31 countries to participate on-line with the intent of fostering working relationships globally and expanding collaboration on issues that the international community is concerned about.