Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen opened the Counter-Terrorism Information Facility (CTIF) today. The CTIF is a multilateral, inter-agency facility that brings together like-minded countries to share intelligence and provide early warning against terrorism in the region. While much of the CTIF's operations remain classified for regional security reasons, CTIF is crucial to synergise counter-terrorism efforts with the use of collective intelligence and data-driven methods.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Dr Ng said that the threat of terrorism remains high and increasingly fluid as terror networks have grown in sophistication. Dr Ng added that the CTIF initiative was only possible because of the invaluable contributions of all partners, which demonstrates our collective resolve to deal with terrorism.
Dr Ng also commended the CTIF on its achievements in detecting the spread of extremist ideologies in the region, which has led to follow-up actions by regional security agencies.
Since operationalisation in January 2021, CTIF has produced timely intelligence products with Partner Nations, and assisted the region in the collective effort against terrorism. Dr Ng met representatives from the Partner Nations at the inauguration ceremony and thanked them for their strong support.