Strengthening Kiribati capacity to boost integrity

Apr 24, 2017

Kiribati Members of Parliament and representatives from civil society and private sector organisations were participants at the Kiribati Parliament and UN-PRAC Project workshop (Photo: John Hyde)

Tarawa, Kiribati – Kiribati’s parliamentarians have welcomed the involvement of Kiribati civil society, youth, private sector and other citizens in anti-corruption and are encouraging regular engagement by Parliamentarians and the Select Committee on Anti-Corruption with them.

This was one of the major outcomes from a recent workshop hosted by the Parliament of Kiribati in association with the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project on Tarawa.

Kiribati’s Speaker of Parliament Hon. Tebuai Uaai, in opening the workshop, encouraged all parliamentarians and citizens to renew their determination to counter corruption.

“This Parliament and the Government have established promoting integrity and preventing corruption as a major priority, with our Anti-Corruption Committee among the first Committees to be established in the new Parliament,” said Hon. Uaai.

The chair of the Parliament’s Select Committee on Anti-Corruption, Ioteba Redfern, said that the Committee had prepared seven reports with three already tabled and approved by the full Parliament.

“Our Committee has taken our work to the outer islands and soon to Christmas Island – it is important that all Kiribati citizens are involved in the efforts to eradicate corruption,” said Redfern.

United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project (UN-PRAC) Anti-Corruption Specialist,Mihaela Stojkoska, said the workshop provided an opportunity for Government and Opposition parliamentarians to discuss the operation of the Committee and look at good practices in parliamentary anti-corruption committees from around the world.

“Parliamentarians discussed the oversight role of the Committee in cooperation with the appropriate agencies, boosting engagement with civil society and outer islands citizens and the Anti-Corruption Committee’s membership makeup,” said Stojkoska.

Lord Fusitu’a, chair of the Tongan Parliament’s Standing Committee on Anti-Corruption and chair of the Tonga Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), was a resource person at the the Kiribati workshop.

At the workshop, Kiribati parliamentarians also discussed capacity-building opportunities in the implementation and operation of their new Leadership Code and ways to boost national integrity through engagement with Sustainable Development Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

The UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project is supporting 15 Pacific island countries (PICs) to strengthen their capacity to address corruption and provide better services by ensuring a more effective and transparent use of national resources. This four-year project, funded by the Australian Government, is jointly implemented by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji. 

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Setaita Tavanabola, Communications and Knowledge Management Associate, tel: (679) 3227 523; email: setaita.tavanabaola@undp.org

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