Regional joint effort

PARLIAMENTS across the region need to promote greater understanding of the negative effects of corruption in order to effectively combat corrupt practices.

This was the message conveyed by Parliament Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni during an anti-corruption workshop for Pacific parliamentarians organised by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nadi yesterday.

Dr Luveni also called on parliaments in the region to work together with governments that had ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

“As parliamentarians, we know that corruption prevents our communities from reaching their true potential and destroys the trust that our people need in their governments to deliver services fairly, equitably and in a timely fashion,” she said.

“Parliaments need to promote work co-operatively with governments that have ratified the UNCAC in developing government or country anti-corruption strategies, plans or approaches aimed at effective implementation.”

She said improved operational alliances with international organisations that shared the UNCAC objectives were vital so that the work of parliamentarians could better complement others.

Dr Luveni urged Pacific parliaments to maintain its global task force on the UNCAC and support the global parliamentarians against corruption.

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