Fiji’s taxman first in Pacific to adopt Anti-Corruption Policy

FRCS chief executive officer Visvanath Das receives a copy of the Anti-Corruption Policy from FICAC’s manager corruption prevention Kolora Naliva on Friday, July 6, 2018. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) has adopted an Anti-Corruption policy – the first organisation in Fiji and the South Pacific to do so.

The tax and customs arm today received an Anti-Corruption Policy from the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC), which sets the platform of a pro-active approach towards its operations.

FRCS chief executive officer Visvanath Das said the policy reaffirmed their step towards its world-class journey.

“The role we play in the Fijian economy is critical,” Mr Das said.

“We raise about 90 to 95 per cent of total government revenue that funds Government expenditure and, therefore, it is critical that tax and customs officials are of highest caliber and standards.”

Mr Das also acknowledged FICAC for training their officers and providing them with basic information and tools to fight corruption in the organisation.

FICAC principal corruption prevention officer Arti Naidu congratulated FRCS on this milestone achievement.

“Today, you have sent out a very strong message not only to your partners but also to your stakeholders what it is you stand for and how you see ethical leadership,” Ms Naidu said.

“It actually shows that you’re proactive about what is happening here, how your operations are done and that you’d like to put in measures before things go wrong.”

She encouraged the FRCS staff and management to take the Anti-Corruption Policy and not just live it by example but to be the example and set the benchmark really high for other organisations.

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