USP council committee meets commission members

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THE University of the South Pacific council committee met members of a newly-established commission in Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday to discuss logistical arrangements for the independent functioning of the commission following investigations into alleged mismanagement at the institution.

The council committee is chaired by the Samoan Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The commission is made up of Professor Satish Chand, Professor Jenni Lightowlers and Graeme McNally.

A statement released by USP last night said the members of the commission were approved by the council — but it did not give the background of the members of the commission.

“The sub-committee and commission discussed the work of the commission based on the USP council mandated terms of reference, which includes addressing the matters arising from the BDO report,” the statement said.

“They also discussed the logistical arrangement for the independent functioning of the commission.

“The commission will, in due course, issue a public notice as to how it will conduct its work.”

USP vice-chancellor and president Professor Pal Ahluwalia had informed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Affairs on Monday that the commission would work on developing an action plan and this would most likely happen next year.

BDO Auckland, a New Zealand accountancy firm, completed an independent investigation commissioned by the audit and risk committee of USP.

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