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TIPNG IAC Day video renews government call to action

Monday December 9, 2019 Port Moresby – To commemorate this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day, Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has released their spin on the popular Christmas Carol, “Little Drummer Boy.”

The video titled “A TIPNG Christmas Carol” has been framed by the anti-corruption agency as a call to action for the Marape-Steven government, while restating their position on a number of legacy issues from the previous governments.

The four minute video presents three interconnected national issues regarding resource sector benefits, public sector corruption and citizen participation in government, while also highlighting TIPNG’s proposed solutions.

TIPNG Executive Director Arianne Kassman, in launching the video on social media today, stated that the message in the video is specifically designed to remind the parliament of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Sovereign Wealth Fund and an Access to Information Law, which the agency has identified as being essential tools for good governance.

“The current government has publicly declared that reinforcing anti-corruption mechanisms is high on their agenda. The idea of this video was to remind them that it’s now the end of the year, its Christmas, and what has been done about these issues?” said Ms Kassman.

“We understand that some of these are legacy issues that they have inherited from previous governments. However, some of these issues have taken a backseat as the new government has taken time to settle into their new roles, while others seem to have fallen completely off the radar.”

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that these issues and possible solutions remain as part of the conversation, as the government charts its path for the New Year,” she said.

Links to the video have been available on the Transparency International PNG Facebook page since it was uploaded this morning.

International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption.

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UPNG Law Students Set to Bolster TIPNG Functions

Monday, 2 December 2019, Port Moresby – THREE law students from the UPNG Law School have now embarked on the Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) Legal Internship Program (LIP), as they seek to bolster the functions of the local anti-corruption body.

Third and fourth year Law Students; Rhonda Tevlone, Melvia Lyandenge and Alois Sinen, officially joined TIPNG’s LIP today for an internship which will continue from December through to February.

TIPNG Executive Director Arianne Kassman welcomed the interns during their orientation today, adding that their input over the next eight weeks would not only be crucial in reinforcing the functions of TIPNG, but would also provide them with a unique opportunity for growth as legal professionals.

“It is our sincere hope that the conversations you will have the opportunity of being a part of in the coming weeks will help to supplement your formal training from the UPNG Law school; by presenting you with ways to ensure justice in matters relating to corruption both at the personal and institutional level,” said Ms Kassman.

“We hope through your time with us, that we may be able to help you build a strong ethos as professionals and to set you on the path to becoming resilient agents in the fight against corruption and to facilitate true justice for our people,” she said.

During the 8 week program, the interns will be required to assist two of TIPNG’s core projects;

  • The Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (ALAC) where they will be registering corruption complaints and facilitating referrals through mainline government agencies such as the police,
  • and the Policy & Advocacy Program, where they will be reviewing legislations and providing legal briefs as well as reviewing ongoing issues of corruption.

The trio are now the third cohort of UPNG Law students to come through the program under an ongoing arrangement between TIPNG and the University of PNG, Law School.

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