ISLAMABAD: The Government of Japan has contributed USD 6.5 million in support of strengthening border security against illicit trafficking and related Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) in Pakistan.

In this regard an agreement would be signed between Government of Japan and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday at 10.45 am at a local hotel.

The agreement will be signed in the presence of leading government officials by the Country Representative of the UNODC in Pakistan, Cesar Guedes and by Junya Matsuura, Charge d’Affaires ad Interim Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan.

The project aims to build the capacity of Pakistani Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to effectively interdict illicit narcotics entering or leaving the country through air, land and sea, said a news release issued here on Wednesday.

This capacity-building exercise, under the UNODC’s Sub-Programme 1, will enhance the technical skills and knowledge of LEA’s, empowering them to detect illicit narcotics trafficking, thus negatively impacting upon the finances of terrorist organizations.

It will also contribute towards strengthening their investigative processes and techniques, in addition to improve the rate of prosecution.

The activities will also improve inter-agency and regional cooperation between counterpart LEAs, in order to synchronize real- time information sharing and joint responses against the threat of drugs and precursors trafficking through land and maritime routes, and other related TOC activities, thus further disrupting the financing of terrorism.