AG SPEAKS AT YOUTH SEMINAR ON INTERNATIONAL ANTI CORRUPTION DAY

The Fijian Government has taken a number of initiatives to address corruption, one of which is the introduction of Fiji Corruption Against Corruption (FICAC) in 2008.

Attorney General and Minister for Anti Corruption, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted this while addressing youth groups during a youth seminar at the International Anti-Corruption Day at Holiday Inn in Suva this afternoon.

AG said corruption drains resources within a country, it undermines the rule of law and it also sets in the culture that only a few people can benefit from corrupt practices.

“We need to understand our very own constitution, the reality is that we have a number of provisions in this legal document, it sets in place the accountability and transparency commission,” AG said.

“This accountability and transparency commission will come into effect only and when the code of conduct which is before parliament will be passed.” This code of conduct has provisions where public officials need to be accountable for their acts.”

AG also highlighted a few cases of corruption cases that have been present in Government and the private sector and how the Bainimarama government has been able to address this issue and moreover minimise corruption.

United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project Anti-Corruption Specialist, Mihaela Stojkoska said the overall objective of the event is to commemorate International Anti-corruption Day on 9 December 2017 and use this as a vehicle to raise awareness about corruption and highlight the anti corruption work in the region.

The one-day seminar attracted more than 60 youths from around the country.

 

[Information sourced from here]
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