Prime Minister’s Inspection Commission’s seminar on Accountability and Good Governance

Islamabad, June 30, 2015 (PPI-OT):A seminar on Accountability and Good Governance was organized the other day by the Prime Minister’s Inspection Commission at the Aiwan-e-Sadr Islamabad which was attended by Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, Secretaries, Academia and Civil Society. Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, the President of Pakistan graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Speaking at the occasion, the President said that law was taking its course against the plunderers of national resources and time had come to ensure effective accountability. He called for exemplary punishment for people involved in corrupt practices irrespective of their states.

He stressed the need for energizing anti-corruption efforts by the concerned departments in order to meet the public expectations. The President also stressed the need for corruption free governance in order to put the country on track of sustainable growth. The President also inaugurated the PMIC’s Anti-Corruption Hotline 1818 and expressed hope that it would strengthen the Accountability drive in the country.

Earlier, the seminar was addressed by Mr. Sartaj Aziz, the P.M’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Kh. Zaheer Ahmed, Special Assistant to P.M, Ms. Nazrat Bashir, Managing Director, PPRA and the Chairman, PMIC. Mr. Sartaj Aziz said conditions for investments were improving because of significant decline in terrorism. Strong and stable Pakistan will help overcome the challenges confronting the country.

Kh. Zaheer said that environment where corruption is rampant do not just come over night. These are a result of persistently wrong human behaviour which gradually institutionalize corruption into social, cultural, political and economic values. He reiterated that corruption remains Pakistan’s biggest challenge and consequences of harbouring corruption will be disastrous for economic development.

Ms. Nazrat Bashir, M.D, PPRA explained the procurement reforms under way in consonance with International Best Practices. PPRA has developed procurement codes and the system is gradually being brought upto international standards.

Col.® Saif-ud-Din Qureshi, Chairman, PMIC explained the mandate of PMIC and its role in carrying out inquiries and inspections in the public sector. He also explained the need for external Monitoring and Evaluation of PSDP project utilizing SUPARCO high resolution imageries.

He said, Anti-Corruption Agencies should be reformed and reinforced to meet the modern challenges of governance. Civil Services Reforms were equally important so that Pak-China Economic Corridor Project worth US$ 46 billion was accomplished with highest standards, transparency and excellence. The seminar ended with appreciation by the President of PMIC’s efforts to organize the seminar of national interest.

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