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OUR 2021 SECOND QUARTER NEWSLETTER IS OUT NOW!

Check out our 2021 Q2 issue on the link below!

Featuring updates from on:

  • our 1st National Integrity Summit in May
  • our call for greater transparency in the new casino deal between the National Gaming Control Board and the Paga Hill Development Company
  • our call for the National Government to re-establish strong leadership within the PNG Electoral Commission in the lead up to the 2022 National General Elections
  • our ongoing participation in the PNG Open Government Partnership
  • information on our new Integrity Awards of Excellence and our Investigative Journalism Awards
  • and much more!

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AN EFFECTIVE AND INDEPENDENT FASU IS ESSENTIAL TOWARDS CURTAILING MONEY LAUNDERING IN PNG

Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) has issued a statement calling on the Private Sector and Government to respect the Independence of the Bank of Papua New Guinea’s Financial Analysis and Supervision Unit (FASU) and allow due process to be followed.

TIPNG has taken this position in light of the various comments made relating to the actions taken by the FASU in issuing a ‘show cause’ notice to the BSP Financial Group Ltd (BFL).

“The financial intelligence unit of the Bank of Papua New Guinea is an operationally independent unit with its functions and powers specified under Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing (AML CTF) Act 2015. A diligent independent regulator is expected to undertake its responsibilities and dutifully assess the conduct of operators against the relevant laws. The notice issued by FASU to BFL should be viewed as an action that is available to FASU as the responsible regulator. An independent and well-functioning AML CTF watchdog is of significant benefit to the PNG banking and finance sector as it acts as a shield to deflect attempts by corrupt individuals who may attempt to coerce or threaten businesses to breach these laws,” said Peter Aitsi, the Chair of TIPNG, in a media statement.

“Earlier this year, at the EU-funded 1st National Integrity Summit hosted by TIPNG, attendees were informed by the Director of FASU that the regulator had 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.”

“This was particularly concerning for the country as PNG is scheduled for a mutual evaluation by the Asia-Pacific Group on Money-Laundering’s (APGML) next year. This trend of inaction on suspected money-laundering activities cannot be ignored lest PNG falls back into the APGML grey list, if this happens it will gravely impact the confidence of the international financial markets in PNG’s banking and finance system and also reflect poorly on the reputation of Government of PNG. To avoid such an outcome, the Government and Private Sector must actively encourage and support the efforts of an independent and effective regulator,” said Mr. Aitsi.

In terms of PNG’s overall governance, the role of independent and effective regulators is vitally important if we are serious about reducing the level of corruption in our Country.

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POSITION VACANT: ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS 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 ADMINISTRATION & OPERATIONS OFFICER.

The Administration & Operations Officer will work with the Organizational Development team and ensure the efficient and effective running of the organization’s overall operations. 

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

Specific Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Administration & Operations Officer shall:

  1. Administration
  2. Maintain office equipment and systems, including data and information management, filing and backup systems
  3. Respond to incoming emails, social media posts and requests in a timely and professional manner
  4. Keep a record of all incoming and outgoing correspondence
  5. Maintain strong relationships with suppliers and clients and other TIPNG staff
  6. Manage stationery, staff amenities and any items needed for the office
  7. Keep a Master Contact list for all organizations and individuals involved in the work of TIPNG
  8. Ensure the Insurance covers are renewed and updated
  • Projects & Programs
  • Assist with the coordination of logistics of projects and programs if and when required
  • Compile donor reports for Management to review
  • Property
  • Attend to any issues reported under the rental lease agreement
  • Attend to security concerns raised
  • Oversee the work of the Cleaner and Groundskeeper
  • Board
  • Ensure board reports are ready 7 days before a meeting
  • Ensure minutes of board minutes are recorded and circulated within 7 days of the meeting occurring
  • Organize refreshments for meetings held  at the TIPNG office
  • Lead the organizing of the Annual General Meeting, in close consultation with the Chief Executive Officer
  • Keep Calendar of the Chief Executive Officer
  • Human Resource
  • Facilitate the recruitment processes in an effective, timely, fair and transparent manner to select qualified candidate for the job
  • Ensure all employee information and recruitment processes are recorded in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Ensure all employee information properly in hard and soft copies, including personal documents, contracts and appendices, policies sign-off, performance and training records, etc are filed properly.

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • 2-3 years of experience in administration work
  • Be computer literate, able to use MS Office Suite
  • Some experience in Finance and Human Resource
  • Great communication skills
  • Be exceptionally well organized, flexible and have the ability and multi-task
  • Must have experience of working effectively under pressure, to tight deadlines, for long hours, whilst maintaining professionalism
  • Be a team player, willing to support team members in their roles, and to be able to seek support from them when you need it
  • Must be highly flexible

APPLICATION CLOSE: Friday 30th July 2021

Applications must include a CV no longer than 3 pages, a Letter of Application, 3 most relevant certificates and a list of 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.

Send applications to:

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

For more information, call Tel: 3234917 or 3237517 or email: info@transparencypng.org.pg

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APPOINT A COMPETENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER AND UPDATE THE COMMON ROLL FOR 2022 NATIONAL ELECTIONS

Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) welcomes the Government’s actions to publicly advertise the position of the Electoral Commissioner this week. This action comes on the back of TIPNG raising concerns over the importance of having competent and stable leadership within the PNG Electoral Commission (PNGEC), if we are to have any chance of delivering a reasonable National General Election in 2022.

The success of the 2022 National General Elections will greatly depend on our efforts to restore the public trust in the PNGEC, and we can start by ensuring we undertake a transparent and rigorous process to appoint a leader that can restore integrity to the office and the organisation.

“On June 2nd, during the Moresby Northwest By-election, TIPNG drew the Government’s attention to the need for the Electoral Commission Appointments Committee, chaired by the Prime Minister, to convene as a matter of urgency to recruit and appoint a permanent head of the PNGEC. On Tuesday 29th June the position was advertised by the Committee in the newspaper with applications closing on Friday 6th August 2021,” said the Chair of TIPNG, Peter Aitsi in a recent media statement.

“The people of Papua New Guinea rightly expect that the four Members of the Committee; namely the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Chair of the Permanent Parliamentary Committee on Appointments, and the Chair of the Public Services Commission, will commit to safeguard and protect the integrity of the appointments process. Along with the appointment of a head of the Electoral Commission, immediate efforts must be directed to update electoral roll, this is equally critical,” said Mr Aitsi.

TIPNG is calling on the Prime Minister and Government to give priority to 2022 National General Elections by restoring the integrity of the administration of the PNGEC and to have the existing roll made accessible to the public so voters can ensure that their names are listed, while protecting the enrollment process for new voters coming on to the roll.

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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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WE ARE NOW HIRING!

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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WE ARE NOW HIRING!

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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