CPEC: China, Pakistan Sign Transparency Agreement for Projects
China and Pakistan have agreed to oversee and ensure the transparency of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, with a joint agreement signed between the National Accountability Bureau and Beijing.
Qamar Zaman Chaudry, the chairman of NAB, said that the greatest evil being faced in the country is corruption, and it is the bureau's top priority to eradicate it, the Express Tribune reported.
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He also added that NAB had devised standard operating procedures (SOPs) to reorganize workload and timelines, set at a maximum of 10 months to ensure efficient and effective disposal of cases from complain verification to inquiry to investigation and then to reference in the accountability court.
A new system of combined investigation team (CIT) has also been introduced. This will allow investigators to derive benefit from the experience and collective wisdom from senior officials. Such concept aims to not only to ensure the work's quality but also avoid influences in the proceedings.
Chaudhry also noted that Pakistan is the first country to lead the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Anti-Corruption forum and that NAB serves as a role model for the SAARC nations.
He also teamed up with the Higher Education Commission to educate the youth on the ill-effects of corruption. He also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build more than 42,000 Character Building Societies on universities and colleges in the country.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has previously said that Pakistan was on track of progress and prosperity under the CPEC program, noting it would prove to be a game-changer in the real sense.