ISLAMABAD: The Chairman of National Accountability Bureau, Mr. Justice laved lqbal has said that NAB has always accorded high priority for capacity building of its Investigation Officers and Prosecutors, and that NAB has established its own state of the art “Pakistan Anti-Corruption Academy” on modern lines.
He was chairing a meeting to review performance of Training and Research Division of NAB at NAB Headquarters. During the meeting. it was informed by DG Training and Research that on the directions of Justice Mr. laved lqbal, NAB has established its own state of the an “Pakistan Anti-Corruption Academy PACA, at NAB Headquarters as NAB always accorded high priority for capacity building of its Investigation Officers and Prosecutors.
The Chairman NAB said that NAB is an apex anti corruption organization of the country which has assigned a gigantic task of eradication of corruption from the country. He said that this requires an extremely dedicated and highly trained manpower to take this responsibility.
He said NAB attaches great importance to Human Resource Development. Accordingly, he said, Pakistan Anti Corruption Academy (PACA)’, was established, which will act as a hub of disseminating and practicing the knowledge in the field of anti-corruption worldwide. The Academy will offer standardized and tailor-made training. seminars, conferences, opportunities for dialogue and networking, and will act as an anti-corruption think tank to empower professionals for the future white collar crimes challenges.
It will provide a new holistic approach to anti-corruption education and research, deliver and facilitate anti-corruption training for practitioners from all sectors of governance, and will provide technical support and assistance to a wide variety of stakeholders.
PACA draws on an unwavering driver towards excellence, innovation and a commitment to rendering itself accessible to sister institutions across the globe by using multi-faceted training methods, tools and techniques. Corruption, he said, is a most significant roadblock in the process of governance improvement, development and progress. PACA will strive to develop a hallmark and culture and practice of integrity and accountability. He said that the mandate of “Pakistan Anti.Corruption Academy (PACA) has been mandated with 5 core functions including Training & Capacity Building of officers of NAB and others in the field of Financial Crimes Investigation, Forensic Examination, and Prosecution; Carrying out research and reformation projects to highlight system weakness and propose improvement based on need assessment, system analysis research and latest good practices in fields of financial crimes and prevention of corruption reforms for good governance.; Training & Research in Collaboration with International and national Institutes; Forensic Examination Development and Curriculum Development & Accreditation of Investigators in the field of financial crimes and anti-corruption.
Justice Javed Iqbal appreciated the performance of Training and Research Division and said that establishment of state of the art “Pakistan Anti-Corruption Academy (PACA) of NAB is a milestone in the history of NAB which will be helpful a standardized syllabus for all investigation officers and capacity building of prosecutors on modem lines to ensure quality and uniformity.
The performance objectives of training programs will also be continuously evaluated so as to form a basis for subsequent review and improvements in future training needs. The Chairman NAB said that a state of the art Forensic Science LAB has also been established in NAB Rawalpindi which has capacity to undertake examination of forensic material; render expert opinion about the examination of forensic material conducted by it; operate and maintain scientific instruments for examination of forensic material; propose advancement in forensic techniques and suggest procurement of suitable scientific instruments for examination of forensic material; recommend the procedure for the collection, preservation, and handling of forensic material; seek clarification from the person involved in the collection or handling of forensic material in the prescribed manner; subject to the nature of the case.
He said that forensic examination facility is vital to every organization fighting white-collar crime, therefore, the PACA will offer intensive forensic training programs to investigation officers of NAB and others along with practical assistance in collaboration with other domestic and foreign Forensic Practitioners to enhance their expertise in analysis of latent fingerprints, computer forensic and audio-visual evidence, Questioned Documents, digital evidence analysis according to internationally established competency standards. He said that as an integral part of its functional mandate, the PACA will also focus on forensic examination as per best practices and Quality Assurance Measures. To achieve As objective, the PACA will coordinate with all stakeholders to deliver advanced courses of forensic science. To facilitate investigators, the PACA shall arrange video lectures relating to digital document examination, engineering projects materials forensic examination.