Governments of the ASEAN political and economic community in South-East Asia have committed to joint efforts for preventing harm caused by illicit drugs in the region. Part of the effort is to establish Asean-Narco, based at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in Thailand.
Asean Narcotics Cooperation Centre (Asean-Narco) will be established to tackle narcotics trafficking in the ASEAN+3 region by sharing information, preventing crimes and suppressing drug-related activities.
The processes of the joint initiative are divided into three phases:
- Focus on building a network among countries to secure information, create an “Asean Drug Report” and set an agenda for resolutions.
- Further develop the cooperation, so countries could set guidelines for information linkage as well as related procedure and coordination to ensure sustainability and consistency.
- Develop a database to help monitor and continuously develop cooperation among countries, which would lead to the establishment of a “Centre of Excellence”.