The 1st National Integrity Summit was held on May 13 & 14, 2021 at the APEC Haus in Port Moresby. Over the two days the Summit brought together national practitioners and reformers to engage in structured dialogue and participants were informed of the latest approaches to strengthening national integrity. The Summit was made possible with funding support from the European Union.
INCASE YOU MISSED IT…
Below are links to the Opening Session, which includes the presentation of the findings of the National Integrity Systems Assessment (NISA) Report, and the various other panel sessions. [Click on the images to play the sessions]
Opening of the 1st National Integrity Summit & Launch of the NISA Report
Keynote Speakers at the Opening Session included: Hon. James Marape, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Dr Silviu Jora, Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Papua New Guinea Peter Aitsi, Chair of Transparency International PNG. The opening session included the launch of the 2021 National Integrity Systems Assessment (NISA) Report for Papua New Guinea. Key findings of the NISA Report was presented by Mr Yuambari Haihuie, Deputy Director Partnerships & Policy.
Panel 1 – Prosecuting Corruption
Impunity for the corrupt is prevalent in Papua New Guinea, giving the impression that corruption pays. While the causes may be plentiful, and investigations done by different agencies, ultimately these corruption cases need to be brought to trial and prosecuted by the State. However, while there are numerous instances of alleged corruption, there are rarely successful convictions. This panel discussed the challenges in prosecuting cases of corruption in Papua New Guinea and how they can be overcome.
Panelists: Jerome Sesega, TIPNG Board Director, Josephine Pitmur, Department of Justice & Attorney General, Matthew Damaru, National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate Moderator: Mr Yuambari Haihuie, Transparency International PNG.
Panel 2: Compliance & Enforcement: The Role of Regulators
Statutory Authorities and Agencies responsible for state processes, must ensure that regulations are followed by citizens and corporations alike. And when laws are not followed, regulators must impose penalties. Weaknesses in National Integrity significantly impact regulators ability to ensure compliance and enforcement. This session discussed how agencies responsible for issuing licenses, leases and permits can ensure that corrupt actors are penalized.
Panelists: Clarence Hoot, Investment Promotion Authority, Brian Lillywhite, PNG Customs, Douveri Henao, Business Council of PNG. Moderator: Mr Yuambari Haihuie, Transparency International PNG.
Panel 3 – Follow the Money: Financial Sector & Corruption in Papua New Guinea
The laundering of illicit funds is a multi-dimensional issue. Money laundering is often transnational, linked to illicit activities in various sectors, and protected by weak institutions and actors. This is how corrupt money leaves Papua New Guinea, and it needs a collective effort to stop. This panel discussed inter-agency approaches that are needed to stop the ‘dribs and drabs’ of illicit financial flows in Papua New Guinea.
Panelists: Benny Popoitai, MBE, Financial Analysis Supervision Unit, Nuni Kulu, Business Council of PNG, Fabrizio Fioroni, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Moderator: Martin Brash, The Tanorama Network.
Panel 4 – Dangerous Information: Whistleblowing & Investigative Journalism
Information empowers citizens to take action against the corrupt. However, Papua New Guinea does not have a Right to Information law. This means that those implicated in corruption will want to shut down public access to information, either from state agencies or from the media. This shutting down of dangerous information perpetuates national, societal, economic and environment issues. The panel discussion focused on how Papua New Guineans can learn about instances of corruption if considered dangerous to share information in the public interest.
Panelists: Scott Waide, Journalist, Peter Bosip, Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights, Steven Matainaho, Department of Information and Communications Technology.
Moderator: Martin Brash, The Tanorama Network
Panel 5 – Passing the Torch: Generational Conversation on Integrity
The journey to take action against corruption and defend national integrity is deeply personal. However, we can only create a sustainable movement for the future by working with like-minded individuals and organizations in Papua New Guinea, so that #TogtherWeRiseAboveCorruption. This panel, we hear what experienced fighters of corruption want the next generation to know about the challenges and opportunities. Panelists: Dame Meg Taylor, DBE, David Pepson, Peter Aitsi, MBE
Moderator: Mr Martin Brash, The Tanorama Network