The workshop was organized by UNODC under the FishNET programme, and brought together government officials from Southeast Asian countries, actors from the private sector and representatives from UNODC and Interpol.
The FishNET programme was launched in 2017, and is a four year programme funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). It is aimed at facilitating poverty alleviation in developing countries by enhancing their capacity to address fisheries crime.
As described in a White Paper (st. 22, 2016-2017) the ocean is a key focus area in Norwegian foreign and development policy. Norway has a range of vital national interests relating to the seas and oceans, in addition to a strong commitment to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Combatting economic crimes and corruption in the fisheries sector is therefore a key priority for the Norwegian government.