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PROPOSED CASINO DEAL A SERIOUS CONCERN GIVEN TRACK RECORD OF NGCB

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) remains concerned about the proposed building of a casino in Port Moresby and what appears to be a less then arms-length interest being shown by the regulator – the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB). Given the NGCB is the recipient of public taxes collected from gaming activity, it is only right the government and the NGCB disclose the terms of the MOU signed by The State and the developer.

The public statements made by the NGCB chairman at the signing of the MOU, appear to suggest a more active interest in this new casino, which in TIPNG’s view could comprise the regulator’s independence and may result in more favourable consideration been given to this project.

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) Board Chair, Peter Aitsi in a statement highlighted; “If this were to happen it could weaken the governance and oversight of the gambling industry, and as such the general public is right to ask questions and demand full transparency in the conduct and decision making of the NGCB”

“Our concerns are further justified given the most recent Auditor General Report in 2020 states the NGCB has not submitted financial statements since 2017. Given the entity is receiving public funds, the public has a right to know how much money is being collected from the sector each year and where these monies are being spent. And indeed, if any public monies are intended to be invested in the proposed new casino,” said Mr Aitsi.

The track record of the NGCB does not engender public confidence, as also evident in past Auditor General reports, such as for 2015 which stated that circa K50 million worth of donations and financial assistance paid from the Community Benefit Fund, were not supported with any form of acquittal or detailed reports.

Given the global risks associated with gambling industry and specifically casino’s it is vitally important the activities of regulators are beyond reproach and they remain fully independent to ensure they can effectively regulate the conduct of individuals and companies operating in the industry. Countries have been placed on the global grey list by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in some instances, as a result of assessed weak regulatory oversight of operations of casinos.

The global experience has shown where regulators are weak, the presence of casinos can result in an increase of money laundering and criminal syndicate activities. That is why TIPNG is calling on the public disclosure on the terms of the agreement between The State, the Paga Hill Development Company and an undisclosed number of other parties (which have so far only been identified as “project partners”). The NGCB’s past track record of financial management, and the lack of public disclosure of the details in the MOU, should be a cause of concern to all citizens.

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DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

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 looking for suitable applicants to fill this new and exciting position as DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER.

The newly created Digital Communications Officer reports to the Deputy Director – Communications to build recognition of TIPNG’s work and values and harness wider support from anti-corruption champions.  

This is an exciting opportunity for a savvy digital storyteller to design and execute creative strategies to advance TIPNG’s brand. The Digital Communications Officer will be responsible for managing and analyzing the effectiveness of media campaigns and TIPNG’s digital presence.

Generic Responsibilities

  1. Ensure adherence to TIPNG policies and guidelines
  2. Prepare and develop reports as required by management
  3. Ensure proper filing of documents – online and offline
  4. Actively seek Membership for TIPNG amongst stakeholders
  5. Live and breathe the values of TIPNG within and outside of the organization and throughout all work carried out on behalf of the organization

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Oversee TIPNG’s digital presence
    • Manage the TIPNG Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts
  • Work with the Communications & Marketing Lead to identify and plan digital communications priorities
  • Create digital content for TIPNG’s digital platforms
  • Develop editorial calendar organizing campaign messaging for multiple communication channels, including online and print.
    • Monitoring the company’s brand on social media.
    • Administer TIPNG’s online communities to ensure respectful and appropriate engagement.
    • Responding to comments on each platform
    • Oversee the Social Media Policy/Guide
  • Track and analyze results using Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, and other sources, to produce regular reports and make adjustments based on data collected.
  • Oversee TIPNG’s web presence.
    • Manage organizational website using content management
    • Ensure website structure, layout, navigation, images, graphics, and functionality to maximize user experience and meet communications goals
    • Manage TIPNG’s School Based Civic Education portal on the TIPNG website
    • Review and update website, in close consultation with Deputy Director – Communications and Communications & Marketing Lead
  • Multimedia and Design
    • Work closely with the Communications & Marketing Lead to develop multimedia content
    • Develop video storyboards and produce video content
    • Ensure Videos are captured at all TIPNG activities and events
    • Develop audio products when required
  • Write and edit engaging digital content, such as e-newsletters, web content, and social media posts.
  • Assist with the development of content, promotion and distribution of special projects, such as the annual report.
  • Design social media cards, infographics, animations, and other visuals to enhance communications efforts.
  • Collect content and design layout of TIPNG’s bi-monthly membership update and other project updates.
    • Take photos when required

Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Media or relevant field
  • Relevant professional work experience in multi-media journalism, digital strategy and marketing, communications, or equivalent experience and training 
  • Experience and strong understanding of multiple digital and social media platforms and content management systems, video production and editing and developing and optimizing digital content.
  • Project planning experience including content planning and scheduling software, data analysis, monitoring and reporting skills.
  • Strong writing, editing and oral presentation skills with attention to detail and the ability to proactively prepare engaging content on complex issues that resonates with audiences.
  • Solid knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Audacity or other media editing software 
  • Analytics, visual storytelling, WordPress, Hootsuite, all the major social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) as well as a working knowledge of grammar and style 
  • Familiarity with web design and content management systems 
  • Excellent analytical, writing, editing, communication and project management skills 
  • An ability to multitask and perform under tight deadlines 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Willingness to work with a not-for-profit organization 
  • Espouse in the values of TIPNG.  

APPLICATION CLOSE: Monday 21 June 2021.

Applications must include:

  • A CV no longer than 3 pages, include hyperlinks to digital products or digital portfolio
  • A Letter of Application
  • 3 most relevant certificates
  • A list of 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.

Email applications to email: info@transparencypng.org.pg

Attention: Chief Executive Officer

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Applications can be dropped off at the TIPNG office: Section 54, Lot 31, Lokua Avenue, Boroko

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DEFERRAL OF MORESBY NORTHWEST BY-ELECTION SOUNDS ALARM

The deferral of the Moresby Northwest is a warning sign for the Government and stakeholders to prioritize coordination of key agencies prior to the conduct of the 2022 National Elections says Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG). The most pressing priority will be the appointment of a permanent Electoral Commissioner and key administrative staff, to provide accountability ensure continuity and accountability within the PNG Electoral Commission (PNGEC).

“Moresby Northwest is an urban electorate, within the capital city and has in its electoral boundary the National Parliament House, if agencies are unable to coordinate here one can only imagine how much more chaotic it will be next year across all 22 provinces. This deferral points to the need for transparent and accountable national coordination through the Inter-Departmental Election Committee and sub-nationally through the Provincial Electoral Steering Committees (PESC). In NCD the PESC was able to bring the Police and the PNGEC together to ensure coordination so that citizens’ right to vote are not infringed,” said Chair of TIPNG Peter Aitsi in a media statement.

“However, the need for leadership by the PNGEC as the constitutionally mandated office to conduct elections cannot be overlooked. The Electoral Commission Appointments Committee chaired by the Prime Minister must convene as a matter of urgency to recruit and appoint a permanent head of the PNGEC, so that there is probity and accountability for decisions such as the deferral of the Moresby Northwest by-election. The people of Papua New Guinea need to have confidence in the PNGEC and its officers if it is to fulfil its essential role in our democracy,” said Mr. Aitsi.

In the National Integrity System Assessment (NISA) PNG 2021 Report launched by TIPNG on May 13th in Port Moresby, it was observed that the Electoral Administration has worsened since the last assessment in 2003 in terms of organizing elections with significant shortcomings in application of rules, management of human resources, and the conduct of ballot counting and declaration of seats. As one of its 5 recommendations to increase integrity over the next 5 years, TIPNG called on the Government to “Make Every Vote Count!” Actions under that recommendation included; Prioritize the National Census, register every eligible voter, and implement the electoral laws, to ensure integrity within the electoral process.

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RECRUITMENT: PROGRAM LEAD – ANTI-CORRUPTION HELP DESK

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 looking for suitable applicants to fill the following position:

Program Lead – Anti-Corruption Help Desk

Duration: June 2021 – June 2023

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

The Anti-Corruption Help Desk (AnCoHD) deals with corruption related complaints by providing legal advice and assistance to victims and witnesses of corruption. Two of the essential services offered by the AnCoHD are legal assistance and access to information to the disadvantaged communities to allow them an opportunity to speak out and act against corruption.

Generic Responsibilities

  1. Adherence to TIPNG policies and guidelines
  2. Prepare and develop reports as required by management
  3. Ensure proper filing of documents – online and offline
  4. Live and breathe the values of TIPNG within and outside of the organisation and throughout all work carried out on behalf of the organisation
  5. Actively seek Membership for TIPNG amongst stakeholders

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Specific Responsibilities – Coordinate all aspects of TIPNG’s AnCoHD Programme:
    1. Develop, and Implement an overall AnCoHD work plan
    1. Monitor, assess and manage any risks and keep the Leadership team updated of this
    1. Provide Programme Reports to Management, Board and Donors when required
  • Client Support – Provide AnCoHD client services to victims or witnesses of corruption;
    • Be primary contact in TIPNG to liaise with corruption complainants who wish to be AnCoHD clients
    • Demonstrate and maintain professionalism in all encounters with clients and ensure all client meetings are scheduled and documented
    • Assess and maintain appropriate confidentiality of clients and their respective complaints
    • Evaluate corruption complaints and seek resolution for clients
    • Collect and record feedback from clients on AnCoHD service provided
  • Case Management – Use the AnCoHD Online Case Management System to maintain records and provide analysis for AnCoHD
    • Ensure Physical Files are secure and case information is processed
    • On a weekly basis, ensure that case information is uploaded and updated Online
    • Produce statistical and case reports for Board and Leadership Team when requested
    • Provide case briefs for corruption complaints on a weekly basis
  • Advocacy – Develop AnCoHD strategies, including funding and advocacy strategies
    • In close consultation with the Communications Team, develop and implement the AnCoHD Promotions & Publicity Plan 
    • Design and conduct Legal Aid Clinic outreach and AnCoHD Press Conferences
  • Stakeholder Relationships – Work with external partners to ensure the success of AnCoHD
    • Maintain a database of AnCoHD stakeholders
    • Maintain AnCoHD communications and relationships with PNG partners & stakeholders
    • Maintain AnCoHD communications and relationships with non-PNG partners & stakeholders

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  1. Must demonstrate a working understanding of the Papua New Guinean Law & Justice sector
  2. Tertiary-level qualification in Political Science, Public Policy Management, Communications or similar preferred
  3. Preferably have at least 3 years of successful project management and financial skills in either private or NGO sector
  4. Proficient in full Microsoft Office suite of applications
  5. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and other related matters
  6. Proven experience in handling clients with professionalism, sensitivity and confidentiality
  7. Excellent written, verbal and listening skills
  8. A keen team player with multitasking ability

Intuitive problem solver with excellent organisational skills to achieve results.

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.  Send applications to:

The Chief Executive Officer

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Applications can be emailed to info@transparencypng.org.pg or dropped off at the TIPNG office: Sec 54, Lot 31, Lokua Avenue, Boroko 

For more information, call Tel: 3234917/7517.

Applications close on: Monday 21st June 2021

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PAGA HILL CASINO DEAL MAY LEAD TO WEAKENING OF REGULATOR’S ROLE

The recent announcement by the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) that it will be partnering with a private firm to build a casino in Port Moresby raises serious governance implications on the sector says Transparency International PNG (TIPNG). It has been reported by the media that the NGCB and the Paga Hill Development Corporation (PHDC) signed an MOU to build a casino which in its first phase of development will cost at least K150 million.

“In signing this agreement, the State through the NGCB is seriously undermining its independence as the industry regulator. Regulators like the NGCB have the important role to uphold and maintain the probity and the integrity of operators in the gaming sector and of individuals involved in the sector. They are the referee responsible for applying the rules of the game, they should not be running around as a player on the field. This type of conduct may lead to an abuse of the rules and bias in decision making” said Chair of the TIPNG Board Peter Aitsi in a media statement.

“TIPNG calls on the Board Members of the NGCB to ensure their role as an oversight body under the Gaming Control Act is not diminished in pursing this agreement.”

“The global experience with casinos suggests an increased likelihood of money-laundering and undue political influence where the regulator is weak or is compromised. TIPNG calls for details of the MOU to be made public and all financial details involving the use of public monies be disclosed. We don’t want to end up in the same situation as past failed investments like the 5-Star Boroko Casino Hotel scandal,” said Mr. Aitsi.

In seeking means of increasing revenue generation, the State must ensure good governance, the rule of law so the well-being of our citizens is protected and importantly public funds are not wasted.

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LACK OF COLLABORATION BY PNGEC RISKS MORESBY NORTHWEST BY-ELECTION FAILURE

With one-day polling for the Moresby Northwest by-election scheduled to commence 8:00 AM-6:00 PM on Wednesday 2nd June 2021, Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) is calling on the PNG Electoral Commission to prioritize logistical coordination with partner agencies, to ensure that administrative issues do not deprive voters in the electorate from exercising their constitutional rights.

“The PNG Electoral Commission is the mandated body to conduct elections in Papua New Guinea. The right of voters to have free, fair and safe elections must not be diminished either through individual malice or organisational ineptitude, the electoral roll being up to date and current is essential to citizens exercising this right. TIPNG is very concerned there is a significant risk to the successful conduct of the by-election in the Moresby Northwest electorate, because of a lack of coordination and transparency by the PNGEC. This risk of failure could be resolved if the PNGEC prioritizes logistical planning for polling on Wednesday by improving coordination with the Provincial Election Steering Committee and the police force in the National Capital District.” said the Board Chair of TIPNG Peter Aitsi.

“Of further concern is that the PNG Electoral Commission has chosen to conduct primary counting of ballots at the 5 wards before transferring to a central venue for the eliminations if required. This approach may present significant logistical challenges within one day of polling and may increase the likelihood of disputes if ballots are seen not to be properly handled and protected,” said Mr. Aitsi.

TIPNG is making this call in light of updates received through the Provincial Electoral Steering Committee (PESC), with the objective to ensure the public and indeed the candidates are able to have full confidence in the conduct of the by-election.

The PESC is a mechanism developed after the 2012 National Elections for the Provincial Government, the Police, Churches, Civil Society, Media and other partners to coordinate assistance to the PNG Electoral Commission in the conduct of elections. TIPNG is a member of the NCD PESC which was formalized through an MoU signed by the PNG Electoral Commission and the National Capital District Commission earlier this year.

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RECRUITMENT: PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR – BUILDING ELECTIONS INTEGRITY THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

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 looking for suitable applicants to fill the following position:

Project Administrator – Building Elections Integrity through Partnership (BEIP)

Duration: June 2021 – 31 Dec 2022

Reporting to: Project Lead – Building Elections Integrity through Partnership

As part of its strategy to strengthen democracy in the country, TIPNG will conduct a series of activities to coincide with the conduct of the 2022 National General Election. TIPNG will work with its partners to ensure the integrity of the democratic process is followed in making elections are free, fair and safe. Although this challenging position is only for nineteen (19) months, it offers the position holder the chance to work at the forefront of public advocacy on a national scale. 

Generic Responsibilities

  1. Adherence to TIPNG policies and guidelines
  2. Prepare and develop reports as required by management
  3. Ensure proper filing of documents – online and offline
  4. Live and breathe the values of TIPNG within and outside of the organisation and throughout all work carried out on behalf of the organisation
  5. Actively seek Membership for TIPNG among stakeholders

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Administration
  2. Keep minutes of all stakeholder meetings held for the project
  3. Organise events and meetings to ensure the Project work plan is active and progressing
  4. File soft and hard copy of project records including correspondences, finance, publication;
  5. Assist with scheduling of meetings, outreach activities and making contact with relevant institutions and persons;
  6. Work closely with the Project Lead to organize logistics for outreach and awareness activities, including meetings, forums, workshops, project site trips and stakeholder hosted events;
  7. Work closely with the Project Lead, with keeping financial records of the project
  8. Set up the logistics for air and road travel, and accommodation when required
  9. Maintain a database of BEIP stakeholders and partners
  • Project
  • Work closely with the project lead to prepare 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;
  • Work closely with the Project Consultant for the Election Observation Report
  • Perform any other duties which may be assigned to you from time to time in relation to the BEIP project.
  • Work closely with the Project Lead to organise and deliver on the four (4) main components, as prescribed in the project grant agreement:
  • Engagement with the Electoral Management Body
  • Civic Awareness
  • Domestic Election Observation
  • Post-Election Analysis

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  1. Ideally a bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, management and/or related fields
  2. Preferably 1-2 years minimum experience, but not essential
  3. Must have knowledge of PNG electoral process
  4. Excellent English language report writing skills
  5. Competency in using MS Office programs
  6. Able to multitask and engage with stakeholders
  7. A highly motivated self-starter who can work well under pressure of competing deadlines.
  8. Have concern and interest in anti-corruption and democracy issues.
  9. Preferably a driver’s license but not necessary

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.  Send applications to:

The Chief Executive Officer

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Applications can be emailed to info@transparencypng.org.pg or dropped off at the TIPNG office: Sec 54, Lot 31, Lokua Avenue, Boroko 

For more information, call Tel: 3234917/7517

Applications close on: Friday 11th June 2021

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RECRUITMENT: PROJECT LEAD – BUILDING ELECTIONS THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

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 looking for suitable applicants to fill the following position:

Project Lead– Building Elections Integrity through Partnership (BEIP)

Duration: June 2021 – 31 Dec 2022

Reporting to: Deputy Director – Policy & Partnerships

As part of its strategy to strengthen democracy in the country, TIPNG will conduct a series of activities to coincide with the conduct of the 2022 National Election. TIPNG will work with its partners to ensure the integrity of the democratic process is followed in making elections are free, fair and safe. Although this challenging position is only for nineteen (19) months, it offers the position holder the chance to work at the forefront of public advocacy on a national scale. 

Generic Responsibilities

  1. Adherence to TIPNG policies and guidelines
  2. Prepare and develop reports as required by management
  3. Ensure proper filing of documents – online and offline
  4. Live and breathe the values of TIPNG within and outside of the organisation and throughout all work carried out on behalf of the organisation
  5. Actively seek Membership for TIPNG amongst stakeholders

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Lead the overall implementation of the BEIP Project
  2. Implementation of the Project in line with the grant terms and conditions
  3. Development of a 19-month project work plan
  4. Monitoring and tracking of project progress
  5. Timely and accurate reporting to the Leadership and Board of TIPNG
  • Provide oversight over project funds and financial reporting of the project
  • Oversee project expenditure
  • Monitor project funds
  • Oversee project financial reporting
  • Ensure annual audits are delivered on time
  • Ensure financial reports to donor are delivered on time
  • Supervise Consultant engaged to do the Election Observation Report
  • In close consultation with the Deputy Director – Policy & Partnerships, recruit and manage the work of the Consultant
  • Organise and deliver on the four (4) main components, as prescribed in the project grant agreement:
  • Engagement with the Electoral Management Body
  • Civic Awareness
  • Domestic Election Observation
  • Post-Election Analysis
  • Ensure effective running of the BEIP Team
  • Work with the BEIP team on implementation of the 19-month work plan
  • Inspire, motivate, build and encourage the BEIP team to deliver excellence through ongoing improvement and ensuring a culture of innovation and high performance
  • Support the operations in relation to financial and administrative aspects of your team

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  1. Ideally a bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, management and/or related fields
  2. Must have demonstratable knowledge of PNG electoral process
  3. At least two years of successful Donor funded development sector project experience with proven ability to manage and acquit project budgets
  4. Excellent English language report writing skills
  5. Competency in using MS Office programs
  6. Able to multitask and engage with stakeholders
  7. A highly motivated self-starter who can work well under pressure of competing deadlines.
  8. Have concern and interest in anti-corruption and democracy issues.
  9. Preferably a driver’s license but not necessary

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.  Send applications to:

The Chief Executive Officer

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Applications can be emailed to info@transparencypng.org.pg or dropped off at the TIPNG office: Sec 54, Lot 31, Lokua Avenue, Boroko 

For more information, call Tel: 3234917/7517.

Applications close on: Friday 11th June 2021

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED ON ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING ENFORCEMENT TO PREVENT PNG MOVE TO GREY LIST

Ahead of Papua New Guinea’s scheduled mutual evaluation by the Asia-Pacific Group on Money-Laundering’s (APGML) next year, serious concerns have now been raised by watchdog agencies regarding the need for urgent collaborative action to improve anti-money laundering enforcement to prevent PNG from slipping back into the APGML grey list.

This was highlighted as a matter of grave and urgent concern in a panel discussion on Illicit financial flows and money laundering during the recent Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) 1st National Integrity Summit funded by the European Union, held in Port Moresby from 13-14th May 2021.

During the panel discussion, a worrying trend was highlighted regarding what was described as an apparent lack of urgency in the enforcement of PNG’s existing Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing (AMLCTF) Act 2015. It was revealed that the financial regulator has sent approximately 10, 000 files to different law enforcement agencies, yet no action has been taken on these referrals, and even more worrying is that there have been no prosecutions.

TIPNG Board Chair, Peter Aitsi in a statement responding to this trend said, “The lack of enforcement identified by the panellists speaks to the findings of the National Integrity System Assessment (NISA) 2021. While PNG has adequate laws, implementation and enforcement of these laws has been poor. If we do not take action PNG stands the risk of being moved into the grey list. This will result in higher interest rates for project financing, and place further strain on existing foreign investment. PNG could also be branded a high-risk country for international trade.”

“TIPNG calls on the government to provide immediate support to improve cross-agency collaboration as a matter of urgency, priority needs to be given towards improving the enforcement of our current AMLCTF law. If we take no action, there will be serious and real negative impacts on our economy,” said Mr Aitsi.

“Law enforcement agencies during the summit spoke of chronic issues such as lack of funding and political interference. These issues need to be addressed by Government if we are to have any hope of salvaging our compliance status and ensuring better outcomes for our economy and our people.”

“A key finding from TIPNG’s recent National Integrity Systems Assessment report indicated that of the fourteen pillars in the PNG National Integrity System, only five had adequate integrity, while the rest were rated as having only basic levels of integrity. If we are serious about combating corruption, a genuine effort is required by all stakeholders to improve the performance of these watchdog institutions,” he said.

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LEADERSHIP AND COLLABORATION NEEDED TO BRIDGE THE NATIONAL INTEGRITY GAP

With the official launch during the first day of the 1st National Integrity Summit 2021 today, Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) in the National Integrity System Assessment (NISA) Papua New Guinea 2021 Report has made five recommendations to address the Integrity Gaps identified through its review of 14 National Integrity Pillars (national institutions mandated to uphold the national Integrity system).

In the NISA Report, made possible with support from the European Union, only five (the Judiciary, Procurement, Anti-Corruption Agencies, Ombudsman and The Media) of the 14 pillars of the PNG National Integrity System scored sufficiently adequate, due to the strong existing laws in PNG. Nevertheless, it is concerning that all 14 Pillars still fall short of having both an adequate legal framework and adequate actions in practice. This result points to a number of challenges that require action for preventing corruption and for strengthening democracy in general.

“The National Integrity System Assessment report highlights that there is an Integrity Gap due to the inadequate implementation of integrity laws in Papua New Guinea,” said TIPNG Board Chair, Peter Aitsi stated that “This assessment was based on information collected through thorough extensive research, interviews with anti-corruption experts and in consultation with 28 agencies in Papua New Guinea. It is incumbent on us all to work together to bridge this Integrity Gap, and while it will be a collective effort, it is also clear that firm and decisive action is required by our leaders.”

In the NISA PNG 2021 Report TIPNG, has pillar specific recommendations based on integrity strengths and weaknesses.  More broadly, TIPNG has also identified 5 thematic areas of action for the next 5 years:  

  1. OPEN UP PARLIAMENT! Broadcast full Parliament session, Demand MP Constituent Meetings, Release Annual Report on Parliament Performance, and restore Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates. 
  2. MAKE EVERY VOTE COUNT! Prioritize 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 National Anti-Corruption Task Force to coordinate anti-corruption partnerships, and protect the integrity of our new anti-corruption agency. 
  5. BRIDGE THE INTEGRITY GAP! Develop and Recognize 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.

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