Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (15 December 2018): Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands

FIJI :

Corruption distorts development: Catanasiga. Corruption disrupts development because it distorts the distribution of resources and development opportunities.

https://www.fijitimes.com/corruption-distorts-development-catanasiga/

Visa Launches Payments Security Roadmap To Strengthen Tourism And Economies In The Pacific. Visa’s Head of South Pacific Andy McCowan said it introduced initiatives to strengthen the security of the payments ecosystem and help address the threat of fraud in the region.

http://fijisun.com.fj/2018/12/13/visa-launches-payments-security-roadmap-to-strengthen-tourism-and-economies-in-the-pacific/

How Cyber Criminals Defraud Fijians. The Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit has issued an alert after four cases of cyber fraud were noted this year.

http://fijisun.com.fj/2018/12/08/how-cyber-criminals-defraud-fijians/

WAF engineer fronts court for alleged bribery. A 29-year-old man appeared at the Suva Magistrates court charged with one count of bribery.

https://www.fijitimes.com/waf-engineer-fronts-court-for-alleged-bribery/

Three To Take Plea Next Year. Abhisaeth Abhimaanu, Kavishay Abhimaanu and Amrita Anand appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar charged with money laundering.

http://fijisun.com.fj/2018/12/07/three-to-take-plea-next-year/

 

PNG:

PNG's fraud squad says Paraka case not over yet. The head of Papua New Guinea's police fraud squad says the case against the lawyer Paul Paraka is not over yet. A ruling by a senior committal court magistrate this week meant that 27 charges of conspiracy, theft and money laundering against Mr Paraka were dropped.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/programmes/datelinepacific/audio/2018675658/png-s-fraud-squad-says-paraka-case-not-over-yet

Bougainville leader angry at false accusations. The President of Bougainville says many of the people who issued an ultimatum to his government last week are themselves facing investigation by the Papua New Guinea police fraud squad.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/378286/bougainville-leader-angry-at-false-accusations

PNG's Paraka in mood for revenge after charges dropped. A Papua New Guinea lawyer will pursue legal action against anti-fraud detectives and officials who brought dozens of fraud-related charges against him.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/378095/png-s-paraka-in-mood-for-revenge-after-charges-dropped

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS:

PM reaffirms war on corruption. Prime Minister Rick Hou called on the nation to stand together to fight and eradicate corruption.

http://www.solomonstarnews.com/index.php/news/national/item/21163-pm-reaffirms-war-on-corruption

Anti-Corruption act officially launched. The government in collaboration with civil society groups and donor partners today officially launched the much anticipated Anti-Corruption Act 2018, and the ‘Whistleblowers Protection Act 2018’ in Honiara.

http://www.sibconline.com.sb/anti-corruption-act-officially-launched/

 

To know more about the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project please contact the team members:

Annika Wythes, Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser, UNODC, annika.wythes@un.org

Mihaela Stojkoska, Anti-Corruption Specialist - Pacific, UNDP, mihaela.stojkoska@undp.org

Maria Lee, Peace & Development Administrative Assistant, UNDP/UNODC, maria.lee@undp.org

 

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