Inauguration of Resource Centre for ProsecutorsEnlarge image (© GIZ GmbH)
On the 5th of December a regional training and resource centre for prosecutors in Punjab was inaugurated by the Secretary Prosecution of Punjab, Mr. Nadeem Irshad Kayani and by Ms. Nadine Michaela Gill on behalf of the German Embassy Islamabad. The Centre was set up as part of the ‘Support to Punjab Prosecution Service’ (SPPS) Project. The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the “Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ) GmbH.
The Secretary Prosecution highly appreciated the German support. The cooperation between the German FFO and the Punjab Prosecution Service has been in place since 2011. In 2012 the SPPS Project set up the first and so far only central training centre for Prosecutors in Pakistan. Regular trainings have been organised since then, successfully training a total of 998 prosecutors and staff of the Prosecution Department. As part of its efforts to facilitate cooperation between police and prosecutors, in particular at the investigation stage, the Project supports the organising of joint cooperation seminars of police officers and prosecutors. Four cooperation seminars have already taken place at this regional centre.
The idea of setting up smaller training facilitates in the nine Regions of Punjab was developed in order to provide resource and research facilities locally. The SPPS Project refurbished and refurnished one big room at the District Public Prosecutors Office at the Rawalpindi District Courts. It also provided the centre with much needed equipment such as computers, printers, scanners, and multimedia. The centre at Rawalpindi is the one of two research and resource centres set up by the Project. The second one is located in Bahawalpur.
In his speech, the Secretary Prosecution warmly welcomed the German support extended by the SPPS Project. He highlighted the areas of cooperation such as capacity building and organisational development which had an immensely positive impact on building an efficient and effective prosecution service in Punjab. In a small question and answer session at the end of the ceremony the prosecutors had the opportunity to provide their own feedback. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Almost all prosecutors had taken part in one of the joint trainings and gained further opportunities for their continuous professional development.