25 Feb 2013

Interpol chief visits Pacific region

4:02 pm on 25 February 2013

The Secretary General of Interpol is visiting the Pacific island region for the first time as part of efforts to boost international police co-operation and capacity against crimes such as drug and human trafficking.

Ronald Noble was in Papua New Guinea last week and will this week visit Marshall Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Fiji.

In PNG, Mr Noble had discussions with Police Minister Nixon Duban about boosting collaboration between the country and Interpol's global network, and extending Interpol's tools and services to frontline police.

Mr Duban emphasised the need for Interpol to install its passport screening system at the country's largest international airport in Port Moresby.

During his Pacific trip, Mr Noble is highlighting the role of a new Interpol hub due to open in Singapore next year, which will look to help countries fight cybercrime and build capacity.