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TIPNG VOTED NEW PNG RESOURCE GOVERNANCE COALITION SECRETARY

Following its inaugural annual general meeting (AGM) last Tuesday 21st July 2020, the PNG Resource Governance Coalition (PNGRGC) has now elected Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) as the coalition’s new secretary.

In addition to TIPNG as the Secretary, the following positions on the PNGRGC Council were voted in the 2019 AGM; Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights (President), Suau Development Foundation (Vice-President), and the PNG Institute of National Affairs (Treasurer).

Following their collective election to the PNGRGC executive during the AGM, all officer bearer agencies will serve in these roles for the next 12 months.

TIPNG Chief Executive Officer Arianne Kassman, who was present at the AGM highlighted the unique opportunity that the PNGRGC presented for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to work together in improving the accountability and good governance of PNG Extractive Industries.

“Ensuring the transparent and accountable management of revenue collected from the Extractives Sector in Papua New Guinea has been a consistent priority for TIPNG. While our focus towards ensuring this integrity continues, we are privileged to now have the opportunity to combine our efforts with those of other like-minded CSOs in PNG as we push for good governance from both Industry and Government agencies within the Sector,” said Ms Kassman.

Founded in 2015 and incorporated in 2018, the PNGRGC is an organization that is broadly responsible for coordinating the efforts of CSOs in promoting and advocating the principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in PNG.

The coalition now aims to achieve this through raising public awareness on resource governance and sustainability issues, and specifically advocate for accountability and good governance in the planning & management of the extractive sector.

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Our 2020 2nd quarter newsletter is out now!

For updates on our major advocacy campaigns, new projects, and how we are adapting to the new normal this quarter, check out this latest issue of our quarterly newsletter!

In this issue we cover major developments to the ICAC enabling legislation and our ongoing push for COVID-19 SOE finance reports to be tabled in Parliament and much more.

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Our 2019 Annual Report is out now!

Covering major updates on our campaigns, services, fundraising, finance and the global movement against corruption, take a look at our 2019 Annual Report for a complete overview on our operations from 2019!

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TIPNG members elect 2020 Board of Directors

Tuesday 30 June 2020 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) held its Annual General Meeting last Saturday, June 27, 2020. At the AGM the members received the financials for 2019, considered and passed amendments to its Rules of Association, and conducted the election of the board directors for 2020.

The members elected Peter Aitsi as chair, Secretary – Michelle Hau’ofa and Treasurer – Akae Beach and 11 other including; Brian Alois, Lawrence Stephens, Jerome Sesega, Belinda Kanau, Philip Samar, Paul Barker, Mary Udu, Richard Kassman, OBE, Christopher Elphick and Michael McWalter, OL were returned as directors.

A new face to join the board of TIPNG this year is Ms. Seini Fisi’ihoi, who was also elected to the Board to fill a vacancy left by long-serving director and long-time PNG anti-corruption advocate Fr John Glynn, who withdrew his nominations to focus on his other community commitments.

At the AGM on Saturday, Executive Director, Arianne Kassman outlined TIPNG’s strategy, which places a priority on building the organization’s internal capacity to fight corruption on multiple fronts, while growing anti-corruption networks and consolidating its anti-corruption efforts with those of other stakeholders. Through strong and effectual partnerships.

“While we have had many successes over the past year, we remain focused on growing and reinforcing the efforts of a community-wide movement against corruption in PNG. This includes reaching out to other like-minded organizations and individuals and uniting the voice against corruption in PNG,” said Ms. Kassman.

As a chapter of the global Transparency International movement against corruption, TIPNG has consistently advocated for the fortification and recovery of PNG democratic functions and the civil liberties of Papua New Guineas for over 23 years.

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TIPNG 2020 Board of Directors (back row, L-R) Richard Kassman, OBE, Paul Barker, Lawrence Stephens, Christopher Elphick, (front row, L-R) Seini Fisi’ihoi, Michael McWalter, OL, Treasurer – Akae Beach, Chair – Peter Aitsi, MBE, Secretary – Michelle Hau’ofa, Mary Udu and Honorary Board Member – Lady Mina Siaguru (Absent: Brian Alois, Belinda Kanau, Jerome Sesega and Philip Samar)

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Corruption Perceptions Survey 2013:

This reports sheds light on what Papua new Guineans think about corruption and anti-corruption efforts. It does so by presenting data from a survey into citizens understandings of corruption conducted during 2010 and 2011.

We interviewed 1800 rural and urban citizens across nine provinces and asked them about definitions, causes and reporting of corruption and their perceptions of the effectiveness of organizations in addressing corruption. In addition we asked respondents to evaluate scenarios that might be considered corrupt, as well as a variety of statements about corruption, trust, democracy, the legal system and leadership.

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NIS Papua New Guinea 2003

Perhaps as suggested by a billboard at a busy intersection on a Port Moresby street, corruption is killing Papua New Guinea (PNG). Indeed Corruption in its many forms has saturated many aspects of the public and private sectors of its society. Corruption is endemic and it happens at all levels of government and public sector organizations. There is also evidence of corruption in the private sector, although at less alarming rates.

The performance of various components of the National Integrity Systems study in PNG has produced a mixed bag of results. Except for the judiciary, the media, the PNG Ombudsman Commission and civil society, most government institutions are perhaps tolerant and passive towards corruption.

This report provides an analysis of national integrity systems in PNG and provides recommendations to improve the fight against corruption in country.

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Parliament Must Give ICAC Full Powers to Fight Corruption

Tuesday 2nd June 2020 – In June session of Parliament, when the Bill for the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is tabled for a second reading, the Government and elected representatives must ensure that the law being considered will create a fully empowered entity that is able to actively pursue corruption in Papua New Guinea. This was the call from Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) to the Marape-Steven Government and MP’s on the eve of the resumption of Parliament.

“The Government of Papua New Guinea has made a concerted effort since the gazetting of the ICAC Bill in October 2019, to enact this vital anti-corruption measure in 2020, and for their progress they should be rightfully commended. The ICAC Bill is now being brought for a 2nd Reading in Parliament all Papua New Guineans who value good governance, will be watching closely to see if the proposed ICAC will have the full powers of Investigation, Arrest & Prosecution required to be effective in addressing the scourge of corruption,” said Peter Aitsi, Chairman of TIPNG in a media statement.

“TIPNG welcomes Prime Minister Marape’s recent public commitment on getting ICAC to a third reading in Parliament, and so to assist the public to keep track of the process of enactment, TIPNG has produced a visual guide to the ICAC enactment process.” Mr. Aitsi said. “TIPNG also acknowledges the role of the Permanent Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Laws & Acts and Subordinate Legislation, as they collect views from the Department of Justice & Attorney General (DJAG) and others to ensure the law for the ICAC, gives it the full powers of Investigation, Arrest & Prosecution in order to give this watch dog teeth. It is our hope that Sir Peter Ipatas, as Chairman of the Permanent Parliamentary Committee, will table a report next week in Parliament supporting a fully empowered ICAC for PNG.”

In terms of parliamentary process, the ICAC Bill will need to be read a second time, followed by a period of adjournment if there are changes and then read a third time in Parliament. Members of Parliament will vote at each of the readings of the Bill, if they are in favour or against the proposed ICAC. TIPNG urges all Papua New Guineans to inform their MP to support the fully empowered ICAC, and to take note of how their MP votes on this essential anti-corruption law next week.

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Updated COVID-19 funding timeline

With only six days to go before Parliament resumes at 2pm on Tuesday June 2, 2020 we are all now looking to the government to produce an audited report on PNG COVID-19 SOE finances.

As part of our ongoing campaign, in which we have urged the government to implement proactive measures to safeguard public money and the external donations which have flooded in since the government activated the current state of emergency on March 22 this year.

To kick off this series, we are starting with this updated timeline of funding from both internal and external sources, as reported on the public record.

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Accountability needed for COVID-19 SOE

Thursday 05 May 2020, Port Moresby – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is demanding greater accountability and proper detailed disclosure of financials from the Government and Leaders, as allegations of financial impropriety relating to use of funds allocated to the COVID-19 State of Emergency (SOE) response.

Since the declaration of the COVID-19 SOE in March 2020, the State has allocated public funds to address the Emergency, however the clear details of funding and evidence of procurement processes have not been made public. For instance, it is unclear what measures have been put in place to ensure corruption does not impact COVID-19 efforts in Papua New Guinea.

TIPNG has collated public statements in the media and created a funding timeline (see link to timeline at the end of this article), of both internal funds and external contributions to the COVID-19 budget in PNG, but there is a distinct lack of objective financial data. This absence of information creates suspicion and undermines the public’s confidence in the Government and our Political leaders. This should be a concern for Papua New Guinea, a country already vulnerable to corruption and a history of impunity.

“The exact sum of funding for the COVID-19 emergency currently at the PNG Government’s disposal is still unverified. As a further matter, there is no independent verifiable information or data on exactly how much funding has been spent so far and how it has been spent. We call on the Government, state of emergency authorities & SOE Parliamentary Committee to be proactive with information and ensure good governance is upheld during these times,” said Chairman of TIPNG, Mr. Peter Aitsi.

“The best way to combat disinformation during this time is to let independent media do their job and to grant media access to Government’s information related to COVID-19 SOE funding and spending. TIPNG supports the call from the Media Council of PNG for Government to issue official information through official channels and via authorized sources to engender public confidence and peace of mind” said Mr. Aitsi.

The Marape Government should not repeat the mistakes of 2018 when there was alleged gross misuse of APEC funds, with no expenditure report to date provided to Parliament and the public. TIPNG reminds citizens, churches, like-minded organizations and the media that it is their right to demand accountability from the COVID-19 SOE authorities on funds. In the absence of decisive action to prevent corruption, Papua New Guinea could be hard hit by COVID-19, and the number of lives lost would not solely be due to the illness but also as a result of mismanagement of COVID-19 funds.

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Vacancy – PAIS Project Finance

We are embarking on a new and exciting project to systematically strengthen the integrity of national institutions through research, partnership and advocacy for better anti-corruption strategies

TIPNG is looking for suitable applicants to fill this new and exciting position of a PROJECT FINANCE OFFICER – PROMOTING ANTI-CORRUPTION & INTEGRITY STRATEGIES (PAIS).

The Finance Officer will work with the PAIS Team to implement this 2 year project.

 

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the PAIS Project Manager, the individual will:

  • Manage all payments, accounts receivable and accounts payable for the Project
  • Maintaining the ledger and preparing monthly bank reconciliations, in close consultation with the Finance Officer
  • Track expenses and maintain the pipeline budget in close consultation with the Project Manager
  • Maintain accurate and up to date financial and contractual records and a register of fixed assets
  • Prepare donor finance reports on time and using the required format;
  • Make purchases as directed by the Project Manager

 

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • Qualification in Accounting from a recognized institution
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in NGO Accounting and experience working with donor funds would be an advantage
  • Have the ability to work under pressure but remain calm
  • Have excellent time management skills and be a team player
  • Have high standards of honesty and integrity and meticulous with record keeping
  • Be competent in the use of MS Word and spreadsheets on MS Excel
  • Be competent in the use of MYOB

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.  Send applications addressed to:

 

The Executive Director

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

 

Applications can be emailed to: info@transparencypng.org.pg

Applications close on Friday 15th May 2020. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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