By its very nature, transnational crime crosses national borders. Effective border control is therefore one key element in tackling transnational organized crime.
In the coming decade, export-driven growth and major regional infrastructure upgrades in Southeast Asia, including those associated with the ASEAN Connectivity Masterplan, will concentrate resources along "development corridors". While these trends will generally be positive in terms of lowering overall trade costs and boosting economic growth, they will also provide increased opportunities for organized criminal groups to traffic illicit goods and smuggle across borders.
UNODC strengthens border management in the region, including cross-border collaboration by:
- Enhancing cross-border cooperation through multi-agency mechanisms;
- Improving capabilities to collect, analyze and disseminate information; and
- Enhancing staff knowledge and skills through training programmes.