Islamabad – National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) in collaboration with UNODC Country Office organized for a first time ever a national conference for promoting “Public-Private Partnership in Countering the Financing of Terrorism” on 29 March 2019.
The Conference brought together 90 key stakeholders under one-roof from both the public and private sectors to discuss and deliberate upon challenges and opportunities for forging partnership in reaching the common objectives and goals for combatting terrorism financing effectively.
During the opening session Member, NACTA along with UNODC Programme Advisor Mr. Syed Arslan appreciated the supported received by the Government of Japan in making this event possible and highlighted their organizational mandates before informing the participants on recent initiatives including specialist training for Investigators and Prosecutors and in addition to the upcoming public awareness campaign which aims to increase the knowledge of citizens on the risks associated with terrorism financing.
The next session was Chaired by Member, NACTA during which speakers from the State Bank, Financial Monitoring Unit, Securities and Exchange Commission, Pakistan Bank Association, Exchange Company Association, Western Union, Bank Alfalah and UBL highlighted upon the risks identified by their organizations in identifying terrorisms financing along with measures adopted. The assets freezing regime under UN resolution was also discussed. All speakers appreciated the role played by NACTA and other stakeholders in developing of a national risk assessment which has become a guiding document for both public and private organizations.
During the last session the panel member answered questions put forward by the participants before Director General, Counter Terrorism Financing from NACTA delivered his closing remarks in which he mentioned that NACTA remains committed and available to provide strategic guidance and support to both public and private institutions and organizations in combating terrorism, including its financing.
The event was made possible with the support of the Government of Japan.