Showing posts from December, 2012

[ap-intact] INFO: PNG premier promises political stability, corruption crackdown

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill promised to bring stability to the revolving door of Papua New Guinea politics and to crack down on corruption as his government courts multi-billion dollar resources investments. Corruption watchdog Transparency International ranked PNG 154th out of 183 nations on its global graft index released a year ago. "We have to fight corruption. Corruption is like a cancer. If it is not detected, it simply grows and grows," O'Neill told the National Press Club in the Australian capital, Canberra. "If not reduced, it undermines our efforts to maintain political stability and social cohesion. It is also a strong deterrent to good foreign investment." A special task force -- known as Sweep -- has been investigating graft for the past year and is looking into more than 170 complaints involving around $1 billion of public funds. Read the full story from Reuters.

[ap-intact] INFO: Korea's law agencies ranked most corrupt

Prosecutors, police and judges scored the lowest points among state organisations in the transparency index compiled by the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission. The survey, which evaluated 627 government organisations, showed that the Ministry of Justice received the lowest grade on the five-level grading scale among the central administrative agencies. About 244,000 participants including citizens, public officers, reporters and civil activists were surveyed for the report. Administrative agencies that received the fourth grade, which is the second lowest, include the Korean Intellectual Property Office, Ministry of National Defence, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and the Ministry of Government Legislation obtained the top grade. None of the 16 city and provincial governments, excluding that of Sejong City, received the highest transparency grade. Read the full story In AsiaOne.

[ap-intact] INFO: Integrity Watch Afghanistan November 2012 Newsletter

Dear All, Please find attached Integrity Watch Afghanistan Newsletter for the month of November 2012. You can also follow the link below to get the newsletter. Regards, Sayed Ikram Afzali Head of Advocacy and Communication Integrity Watch Afghanistan + 93 (0) 700 266 645 + 93 (0) 788 266 645