Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (Friday, 6 May 2016)


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From the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, a joint four-year initiative of the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, with support from the Australian Government. Updates shared by Annika Wythes, Luisa Senibulu, Samita Singh, and Mihaela Stojkoska.

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Solomon Islands:
Prendergast welcomes Anti-Corruption Bill.  Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast has welcomed the Anti-Corruption Bill 2016.

Bill protects whistleblowers.  People wishing to remain anonymous while giving information to the media are covered under the Whistleblowers Protection bill 2016.

Civil Society supports anti-corruption efforts.  Thirty-six local civil society leaders and Government officials met in the capital, Honiara on Monday to learn about transparency and accountability, as well as the Government’s efforts to prevent and fight corruption. 

PM withdraws Anti-Corruption Bill.  The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was due to table the Anti-Corruption Bill in the legislature this week.

PNG:
Police Commissioner Baki faces contempt.  National Fraud Squad boss Chief Superintendent Matthew Damaru has filed a motion for contempt against Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner Gari Baki.

PM O'Neill should submit to law.  Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere says “Prime Minister Peter O’Neill should allow the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate to take up his challenge to find whether there is evidence or not that he benefitted financially from the Paraka scandal,”

Opposition leader Polye’s election results set aside.  Papua New Guinea National Court Monday set aside the election results declaring the Opposition Leader Don Polye as a Member of Parliament.

Logging companies resist conservation efforts.  A Papua New Guinea Forest official says logging companies are continuing to resist conservation policies put in place by the government.

Vanuatu:
Vanuatu continues to stand up to corruption.  Senior Government Officials met in the capital, Port Vila today to discuss recent anti-corruption measures taken by Vanuatu and efforts that could be taken to further strengthen measures, including having a National Anti-Corruption Policy.   

Vanuatu PM shows commitment towards FOI Bill.  Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has declared his stand in the role of media and is supportive towards seeing that the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill is passed in Parliament this year.   


For more information about the UN-PRAC Project, please get in touch with:
Annika Wythes, Anti-Corruption Adviser - Pacific, UNODC, annika.wythes@unodc.org
Luisa Senibulu, Governance Programme Associate, UNDP/UNODC, luisa.senibulu@undp.org
Samita Singh, Programme Assistant - Anti-Corruption, UNDP/UNODC, samita.singh@undp.org

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