ISLAMABAD: On the instructions of the Honorable Judge Javed Iqbal, President of NAB, Mr. Husnain Ahmad, Director General of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan led the Pakistani delegation to represent Pakistan at the ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) held in Sharm El Shaikh, Egypt, from 13e to 17e December 2021. Mr. Liaquat Ali Warriach, Permanent Mission of Pakistan, Vienna, Austria and HE Mr. Sajid Bilal, Ambassador of Pakistan, Cairo, Egypt were also present.
The Conference is one of the largest anti-corruption gatherings in the world and brings together representatives from member states, parliaments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. Representatives of over 180 States Parties attended the ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), 2021. The Conference reviewed the implementation of the UNCAC, the only legally binding universal convention. anti-corruption instrument and discussed the prevention of corruption, improvement of international cooperation to better fight against corruption and asset recovery.
The country’s statement was delivered by Mr. Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.
The Pakistani delegation actively participated in all the events / sessions of the COSP, 2021, its main Plenary as well as the side events organized by the States Parties to the UNCAC.
Mr. Husnain Ahmad, Director General of NAB, presented Pakistan’s strong commitment to implement the UNCAC through a proactive anti-corruption strategy. CEO, NAB made appropriate / effective interventions during main COSP sessions, 2021 i.e. status of UNCAC implementation, prevention, asset recovery and assistance technical. The Pakistani delegation also actively participated in the CoSP side events, 2021.
The director general of the NAB strongly underlined Pakistan’s position during a round table organized by the People’s Republic of China, namely “to honor our commitments to strengthen international anti-corruption cooperation and deny safe havens to the corrupt and the products of Corruption “. He stressed that the courtesy of nations should work together to eliminate havens of peace in the global village for effective implementation of the UNCAC.
The Pakistani delegation remained firm in its position during the drafting and subsequent adoption of the resolutions made in the CoSP, 2021. Pakistan remained a co-sponsor of the number of resolutions adopted by the CoSP, 2021.
The Pakistani delegation also held bilateral meetings with the heads of sister agencies of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Sri Lanka, Australia and the United States to discuss bilateral issues on cooperation. mutual aid in the fight against the threat of corruption, the exchange of information concerning fugitives and the recovery and repatriation of stolen assets through international cooperation.
The presence of the Pakistani delegation, in particular the Director General of NAB, was highly recognized and appreciated, although the international media preferred to proactively cover only the participating delegates, including the Pakistani delegation. As a result, the Director General selected for interview and extensive print and electronic media coverage were given to the Head of Pakistan Delegation and his interview, in which, DG NAB not only highlighted the excellent performance of NAB under the dynamic leadership of the Honorable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, President of the NAB, but also underlined the proactive efforts of all States Parties for the recovery and repatriation of assets stolen from the skies to the victims of corruption.
In addition, the Director General of NAB had a very fruitful discussion in a side meeting with the Dean of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) on the issue of capacity building of the agency workforce. anti-corruption of Pakistan, in particular the NAB.
The Conference of States Parties ended on a strong note of commitment from all States Parties to the UNCAC and adopted a number of resolutions on different issues / challenges during the implementation of the UNCAC.
Pakistan’s enthusiastic representation at the ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Sharm El Shaikh, Egypt from 13e to 17e December 2021 shows the firm commitment of the NAB / Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to removing the threat of corruption from society for a prosperous future of Pakistan’s next generation.