Transparency International Pakistan organized ‘’Sindh Youth Anti-Corruption Conference – Role of Young People in Promoting Transparent, Accountable and Good Governance’’.
Karachi: Transparency International Pakistan organized a one-day ‘’Sindh Youth Anti-Corruption Conference on the theme – “Role of Young People in Promoting Transparent, Accountable and Good Governance’’, at a local hotel in Karachi.
The primary objective of the conference was to empower young individuals to actively participate in governance processes and promote transparency and inclusivity in their communities and the wider society.
The conference was attended by more than 130 youngsters from all over Sindh.
Diverse speakers including Justice (R) Zia Perwez, Former Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan and Chairman TI Pakistan, Mr. Kashif Ali, A. Executive Director, TI Pakistan, Justice (R) M. Shaiq Usmani, Former Judge, Sindh High Court and Board of Trustee, TI Pakistan, Ms. Nausheen Wasi, Asst. Professor of International Relation, UoK and Board of Trustee TI Pakistan, Mr. Abdul Hafeez, Siddiqui, Director Investigations, NAB Karachi, Mr. Jawaid Ahmed Khan, A. Director Prevention and Awareness NAB Karachi, Mr. Qamar Raza Baloch, Especial Secretary Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sindh, Mr. Syed Hussain Haider, Integrity Expert, UNODC Pakistan, Mr. Malheer Khan, DSP Nawabshah, Ms. Marvi Awan, Executive Director Women Protection Centre Sindh, Mr. Junaid Malik from FIA on behalf of Addl. Director Imran Riaz, Mr. Ahmed Hasan, Monitoring and Evaluation expert, UNDP SDGs Support Unit, Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, RTI Expert Former VC, SMI Karachi, Mr. Sheikh Hammad Amjad, Youth Trainer and Corporate Consultant were among the distinguished guests.
Mr. Kashif Ali A. Executive Director, TI Pakistan gave opening remarks and highlighted that engaging the youth in promotion of transparency accountability and good governance is critical because young people of today will be our leaders of tomorrow. He emphasized that TI Pakistan recognize the need to invest time and resources in training our youth on the importance of transparency, accountability and ethical leadership. He encouraged young people to use the opportunity of education, technology and social awareness, to participate in matters of governance and refrain from corrupt practices.
Ms. Nausheen Wasi, Asst. Professor of International Relation, University of Karachi and member board of trustee TI Pakistan, spoke on different types and styles of leadership, and the significance of youth engagement in fostering inclusive governance. She said that it is imperative for the younger generation to possess a thorough awareness of their rights, roles, and responsibilities before actively participating in politics.
Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, RTI Expert and Former VC, SMI Karachi spoke on the topic “Social accountability using Right to Information” and said that it is youth’s social responsibility to use their Right to Information. He said that instead of complaining about the system, our youth should raise their voices and ask the governments about the lack of facilities and service delivery gaps where they see it.
Mr. Malheer Khan, DSP Nawabshah shared his life struggle and motivated youth to aim high and achieve their goals. He said that no one can stop a young, talented and full of potential individual to be successful who works hard for his dreams.
Mr. Hammad Amjad, Youth Trainer and Corporate Consultant led a very interactive session. He said it’s important that every young individual is aware about their rights, constitution of Pakistan, laws and regulation.
Mr. Ahmed Hasan, Monitoring and Evaluation expert, UNDP SDGs Support Unit Sindh, spoke on “Youth-Driven Governance: Empowering Agents of Transparency and Accountability for Monitoring and Evaluation”, and emphasized on the active participation of youth for achieving the SDGs goals.
Justice (R) M. Shaiq Usmani, Former Judge, Sindh High Court and Board of Trustee, TI Pakistan, in his key note speech said that youth is not represented adequately in formal political institutions and processes such as parliaments, political parties and public administrations. He said that empowering our talented youth can turn Pakistan into most prosper nation.
Mr. Syed Hussain Haider, Integrity Expert, UNODC Pakistan urged that our young generation should not consider themselves weak. They are the leaders of today and tomorrow. He emphasized on integrity and ethical leadership and highlighted that young people must not remain voiceless and encouraged them to be the active participants in the society.
Mr. Abdul Hafeez Siddiqui, Director Investigations, NAB Karachi gave comprehensive overview of NAB efforts in the fight against corruption. He highlighted that the mission of NAB is to eliminate corruption through a comprehensive approach encompassing prevention, awareness, monitoring, and combating. He encouraged young people to practice self-integrity and play their part in the promotion of good governance and fighting corruption.
Mr. Junaid Iqbal represented Mr. Imran Riaz, Additional Director FIA Karachi and discussed in detail the work conducted by the FIA. He outlined the areas and mechanisms in which the FIA operates, defining its jurisdiction and briefed youth about the mechanisms which exist for the general public to reach out to FIA for registering complaints.
Ms. Marvi Awan, Executive Director Women Protection Centre Sindh said that young women face more challenges than young men. She said that almost half of our population which is women, have difficulty to have opportunities to educate themselves, to learn, to grow, to work and to earn. And with that less awareness and education, women face greater obstacles to participate in political processes and being elected.
Mr. Qamar Raza Baloch, Special Secretary Sports &Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sindh highlighted Sindh government’s commitment towards addressing the problems faced by youth and increasing opportunities for them to utilize potential of young people.
In the closing remarks, Justice (R) Zia Perwez, Former Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan and Chairman TI Pakistan said that he hopes that all participants, as youth representatives, would be able to emerge as active citizens and actively engage in politics. He said that change starts with us. Our actions today will shape the world we inherit tomorrow and our youth can be crucial part of this change.