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FICAC eyes public sector

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, February 23, 2013

AN anti-corruption awareness for public servants was conducted by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption as a result of the increasing number of complaints received against certain government institutions for their services.

FICAC public affairs officer Cegu Babana said the awareness was also conducted as a result of daily exposure of public sector corruption made public in the media and elsewhere.

"An increasing number of government institutions would like to introduce and formalise more effective anti-corruption functions within their organisations," she said. "In order to do that a greater awareness and understanding of the problem of corruption and its manifestations in the public sector workplace is required."

Ms Babana said the two-day workshop program would incorporate the commission's most authoritative knowledge on understanding corruption causes and effect.

"Participants would also be tasked with identifying hot spots and weak spots within their organisations and discuss prevention methods that could reduce the risk of corruption thriving in their organisation," she said.

"This would be conducted through an introduction of the corruption prevention risk reduction."

She said at the end of the workshop, participants would be able to assess the weak or hot spots using this tool and apply this technique in their organisations.

"It is believed that many public sector organisations have to date lacked a comprehensive and systematic approach as how to achieve such an understanding of corruptions,' she said.