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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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Vacancy – PAIS Project assistant

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is a non-government organization dedicated to fighting corruption in PNG and promoting transparency, honesty and accountability in public and private dealings.

TIPNG is an equal opportunity employer who promotes respect in the work place. We take pride in also offering the following:

  • A fun & exciting work environment with the opportunity to contribute to positive societal change
  • Training & development for our employees
  • Exposure to local, regional & international networks
  • A competitive salary to attract the right person
  • Access to supportive coaches and mentors

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 PROJECT ASSISTANT – PROMOTING ACCOUNTABILITY & INTEGRITY STRATEGIES (PAIS).

The Project Assistant will work with the PAIS Team to implement a 2 year project.

Responsibilities:

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

Administration:

  • Keep minutes of all stakeholder meetings held for the project
  • Organize events and meetings to ensure the Project work plan is active and progressing
  • File soft and hard copy of project records including correspondences, finance, publication;
  • Assist with scheduling of meetings, outreach activities and making contact with relevant institutions and persons;
  • Coordinate with the Project Manager to organize logistics for outreach and awareness activities, including meetings, forums, workshops, project site trips and stakeholder hosted events;
  • Assist the project Finance Officer with keeping financial records of the project
  • Assist with the setting up of the logistics for air and road travel, and accommodation when required
  • Maintain a database of PAIS stakeholders and partners

Project:

  • Assist in the preparation of operational reports/ final reports to partners and donors;
  • Provide input on project implementation for internal project reviews
  • Contribute to project development, implementation, research and report writing, visibility actions and monitoring and evaluation of relevant project activities;
  • Assist the Project Consultant for the NIS Assessment
  • Perform any other duties which may be assigned to you from time to time in relation to the PAIS project.

Qualification, Experience and Skills:

  • University Diploma/Degree in a relevant field
  • At least 2 years work experience in an NGO environment would be desirable however applicants with other sector experiences are encouraged to apply
  • Experience in project financial management
  • Experience in organizing workshops/conferences
  • Knowledge of primary and secondary research methods
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Able to work and interact in a dynamic team environment
  • Highly motivated, self-starter and works well under pressure of competing deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral proficiency in English
  • Excellent communication/report writing and presentation skills in a clear and compelling manner
  • Driver’s license would be an advantage
  • Have concerns and interest in anti-corruption issues

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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Our first 2020 quarterly newsletter is out now!

From prospects of a PNG ICAC, to our new campaigns, events, engagements and everything in between, check out our first 2020 quarterly newsletter for the scoop on what we’ve been up to over the past quarter!

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Bougainville Referendum was free, fair and safe

Thursday 20th February 2020, Port Moresby – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has released a report outlining findings from its Observation of the Bougainville Referendum last year, to stakeholders and partners.

TIPNG’s Observation of the Bougainville Referendum was across 28 polling sites in North and Central Bougainville with well over a 100 voters interviewed. TIPNG only observed the Polling Process and not the Counting.

“The TIPNG Observers played a critical role in the Referendum by observing the conduct of polling and counting, to ascertain if the process was free, open, transparent, democratic and fair – based on national legislation and according to national and international standards,” said Mr. Yuambari Haihuie, TIPNG Deputy Director (Policy & Advocacy) and coordinator of the Bougainville Referendum Observation (BRO) Project.

“In terms of TIPNG’s overall assessment of the Bougainville Referendum, while there were minor procedural issues, if measured against the standard of previous elections in PNG, the Bougainville Referendum was free, fair & safe and credibly reflects the will of the people of Bougainville. Observers were all welcomed and did not encounter any hostility or violence; in fact most polling stations had a sense of celebration by communities as polling commenced,” said Mr. Haihuie in presentation at the launch of the report.

Furthermore, all voters that were interviewed by TIPNG Observers were forthcoming in their answers and gave answers freely. The TIPNG Observers were comprised of TIPNG Staff & Directors, and volunteers from partners institutions such as the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), PNG National Research Institute (NRI), Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission (IPPCC).

TIPNG thanks the people of Bougainville and the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) Polling Officials for their unanimous support in answering survey questions over the week of polling.

The TIPNG BRO Project was funded by the European Union (EU) and it is hoped that the report by TIPNG will be of use to the Government of PNG and the Autonomous Bougainville Government in their deliberation on the outcome of the Referendum.

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