Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (8 June 2019): Kiribati, PNG, Fiji, Solomon Islands

KIRIBATI:

Kiribati vice president's overseas trips investigated.  It was reported that Vice President Kourabi Nenem went on an official trip to Saudi Arabia and instead of returning to Kiribati he stopped by Indonesia without the president's knowledge.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/391199/kiribati-vice-president-s-overseas-trips-investigated

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA:

Marape promises to rebuild country in first address to PNG.  Papua New Guinea's newly-installed prime minister vowed to reconstruct the nation in his first major speech to the country, promising tax reform, an economic overhaul and a rebuild of the public sector.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/391374/marape-promises-to-rebuild-country-in-first-address-to-png

 

FIJI:

Court Officer charged with corruption offences.  It is alleged that between 2015 and 2016 Isoa Matanitobua, a former court officer, provided the Land Transport Authority with false information relating to the records of the payment of Traffic Infringement Notice fines from five individuals and also allegedly received payments from these individuals and did not issue them receipts and did not even make a record of the payments made.

https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/news/crime/court-officer-charged-with-corruption-offences/

USP report on alleged mismanagement two months away.  The final report of an independent investigation into allegations of mismanagement and abuse of process at the University of the South Pacific is due by the 16th of August.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/391357/usp-report-on-alleged-mismanagement-two-months-away

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS:

Solomon Islands need to make important strategic decision on geopolitics: Philip.  Solomon Islands need to make an important strategic decision in its foreign policy to deal with the geo-politics in the Pacific.

https://www.onepng.com/2019/06/solomon-islands-need-to-make-important.html

 

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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