A three-day conference for police and other law enforcement officers from 15 countries on the topic of militancy, terrorism and transnational crime has started in Dhaka.
The programme was inaugurated by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday morning at a hotel in the capital.
Fifty-eight foreign representatives, including Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock, and police chiefs from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Malaysia are attending the conference.
A comprehensive strategy to combat transnational crime and terrorism will be developed through the exchange of information and experiences, said Bangladesh Police Chief AKM Shahidul Haque at the end of the first session on Sunday.
The conference hopes to also create a platform for cooperation between the various police forces and create a professional and technical support network for law enforcement within the framework for bilateral and regional cooperation in the South Asia region.
Representatives from Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Vietnam will be participating in the conference.
Officials from Interpol, Facebook, US IGCI, FBI, ASEANpol and ICITAP and other international organisations are also attending the conference.
14 work sessions will be held on various subjects at the event. These topics include terrorism, human trafficking, financial crime, terrorism financing, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, intelligence and cybercrime issues.
At the end of the conference the international group of law enforcement officials will sign a joint declaration on terrorism and transnational crime.