INTEGRITY FIJI ACCREDITATION A STRONG VALIDATION OF IMPACT AND POTENTIAL
Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) CEO Arianne Kassman joined the official launch of the Transparency International (TI) National Contact in Fiji yesterday, in what has now marked a significant milestone in the progression of the TI global agenda on anti-corruption in the Pacific.
Registered non-profit organization Civic Leaders for Clean Transactions – Integrity Fiji was officially launched as the National Contact for TI in Fiji, during an event last night (Wednesday August 11, 2021). The official launching was attended by Fiji government officials, civil society and the media. As well as a number of representatives from TI chapters in the region, as well as the TI Secretariat in Berlin, Germany, who were able to join virtually.
Ms Kassman, in congratulating the Integrity Fiji team said the accreditation now comes as a strong validation of their work in the areas of in anti-corruption and sustainable development over the past four years, since they were founded in 2017.
“On behalf of TIPNG, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Mr Jofiliti Veikoso, Dr Joseph Veramu, and the rest of the Integrity Fiji team, and especially the many energetic young people who have continued to support this cause. This occasion marks a significant milestone not only for Integrity Fiji in their journey to becoming a fully-fledged TI Chapter, but also for Fiji as a whole, towards consolidating the movement against corruption within the country,” said Ms Kassman.
“Our collective efforts against corruption in the Pacific and indeed across the globe rely greatly on our allies and the strength of our networks. In that respect, we know that Integrity Fiji has a lot to bring to the table in terms of their local knowledge and experience from many years of working in Fiji. We are very much looking forward to working with them, learning from them (especially their youth programs) and supporting them in the next part of their journey to full accreditation,” she said.