National Integrity System Assessment (NISA) Papua New Guinea 2021
The National Integrity System (NIS) approach considers that preventing corruption and promoting good governance in a country requires the effective operation of all key institutions. According to this assessment, only 5 of Papua New Guinea’s 14 NIS institutions have a relatively high Overall Score although it is concerning that they still fall short of having both an adequate legal framework and adequate actions in practice: the Judiciary, Procurement, Anti-Corruption Agencies, Ombudsman Office and the Media. These pillars tend to score relatively better than others because of supportive legislative frameworks but like all 14 pillars, there are troubling weaknesses in their implementation. This result points to a number of challenges that require action for preventing corruption and for strengthening democracy in general.
The report’s final chapter reviews the relative strengths and weaknesses of each pillar according to the NISA PNG 2021 and contains specific recommendations for each institution.
The following highlights the key reforms that TIPNG considers must be implemented in the lead up to and beyond the 2022 National Election, as a priority to strengthen the country’s national integrity system and democratic governance:
1. Open Up Parliament! Broadcast full Parliament session, Demand MP Constituent Meetings, Release Annual Report on Parliament Performance, and restore OLIPPAC.
2. Make every vote count! Prioritise the National Census, register every eligible voter, and implement the electoral laws, to ensure integrity within the electoral process.
3. Let the People Know! Protect our media, empower our citizens and welcome informed investment by delivering an effective way for us all to access public information
4. Start ICAC Strong! Recruit competent staff, use the NACTF to coordinate anti-corruption partnerships, and protect the integrity of our new anti-corruption agency
5. Bridge the Integrity Gap! Develop and Recognise integrity initiatives in agencies, enable citizens to hold public servants accountable, align Police Conduct with integrity provisions in Police Act and support multi-stakeholder forums