The UNODC reaffirms its commitment to develop and promote the Anti Narcotics Force Academy as a regional centre of excellence in training

Islamabad, 6 October 2015 - The Anti Narcotics Force recently hosted a briefing for drug liaison officers at the ANF academy in Islamabad. International counterparts representing 35 countries led by the UNODC Representative, Mr. Cesar Guedes attended the event.

In addition, Major General Khawar Hanif, Director General of the Anti Narcotics Force, served as the host and emphasised the importance of counter-narcotics collaboration between the international community and Pakistan in order to effectively combat complex international drug trafficking organisations. He also gave an overview of the ANF's activities over last three years and applauded the Government of Pakistan for its continued support for anti-narcotics efforts, particularly as Pakistan faces a difficult situation with respect to its struggle against terrorism and other geopolitical security challenges.

While thanking the international community, the ANF representative made a particular reference to the invaluable capacity-building assistance rendered by the UNODC. The event culminated in the inauguration by Mr. Cesar Guedes of the ANF Academy as an ISO-9001-2008 Quality Management System Accredited Academy. This great distinction was recently awarded to the ANF by a renowned organisation that upholds international standards.. During the inauguration, Mr. Cesar Guedes stated that this event is a landmark achievement by the ANF and represents the fruits of its collaboration with the international community and the UNODC. This is particularly true with respect to the capacity building of the ANF Academy as a regional centre of excellence. Mr. Guedes added that it is extremely gratifying that this venture, which commenced three years ago between the UNODC and ANF, has achieved success beyond initial objectives through the dedication of leadership and staff involved.

The event was also significant in that Major General Hanif announced that it would be his final as the ANF Director General as he is about to embark on another important assignment. The participants acknowledged the vision and leadership that General Hanif had provided and their appreciation that he is leaving the ANF in a strong position to tackle the many challenges that lie ahead.

The ANF representatives proudly stated their enthusiasm to collaborate with the UNODC in the next Pakistan Country Programme (2016-2019), which will have a greater impact in Pakistan and the region, through fostering national and international interagency cooperation.