Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is excited to inform everyone about its new project: Promoting Anti-Corruption & Integrity Strategies (PAIS). We are also grateful for the support of the European Union.
About the Project: As the name suggests, the PAIS Project will work with state agencies to enhance their capacity to address corruption complaints both internally and externally. The PAIS Project believes that when frameworks and actual practice by agencies to address corruption are working well, it enhances the agency’s reputation and strengthens public trust in that agency.
Building on from the past: The last NISA for Papua New Guinea was done in 2003. In this report, it was observed that there were adequate anti-corruption laws available in Papua New Guinea (Sections 87, 88, 92 and 97 of the Criminal Code refer to fraud, undue influence, tendering and bribery). The weakness however was in the effective implementation and policing of these laws. A related weakness was that organizations entrusted to fight corruption such as the Ombudsman Commission had not been given enough ‘teeth’ to deter corrupt practices.
The PAIS Project will revamp the NIS Assessment survey tool and evaluate key public institutions and non-state actors in Papua New Guinea’s governance system with regard to their overall capacity, internal governance systems and procedures and role in the overall integrity system.
• There will be an Integrity Seminar held in September 2020 to invite agencies and organisations to participate in PAIS.
• Following the Integrity Seminar will be an Integrity Summit which is scheduled to be held in February 2021 to present the NIS assessment findings.
You and PAIS: Why should the PAIS Project matter to you? Through the PAIS Project, agencies in Papua New Guinea will have effective strategies in place to address corruption and other issues of abuse of power. In turn, citizens will be more empowered to access these systems to report corruption.