TIPNG strengthening relationships in the Pacific
Port Moresby, 19th September 2018 –Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is hosting a staff of
TI Vanuatu who is in Port Moresby for a two week visit.
Mr Douglas Tamara, an advocacy officer of TI Vanuatu is visiting TI in Port Moresby to participate
in various facilitated meetings, including the Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp (MMYDC).
“I have learned a lot from the youth camp and seen first-hand why it is important for youths to
participate in camps such as the MMYDC. In Vanuatu, youths are very shy to express themselves,
but here in PNG I’ve seen that secondary school students are eager to learn new things and express
themselves”, said Mr Tamara.
The purpose of this visit is to strengthen ties between the PNG and Vanuatu Chapters of
Transparency International through sharing of ideas and learning from each other’s experience to
aid in capacity building. One of the main reasons for Mr Tamara attending the MMYDC is so that
he can return home to Vanuatu and replicate the camp and its concepts.
“I have also learned so much on how to organize such an event as the camp and found out that a lot
of credit for its success over the years goes to the network and relationship that TIPNG has with
other organizations in both the government and private sectors”, added Mr Tamara.
During his visit Mr Tamara had the opportunity to visit parliament with the MMYDC campers,
attend a civic education teachers training and participate in amongst other activities.
Apart from TI PNG and TI Vanuatu, TI has chapters or offices in Solomon Islands, Australia and