Papua New Guinea anti-corruption agency proposal under public scrutiny


The work to create an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for Papua New Guinea moves into the public arena this month.

ICAC_coverA National Anti-Corruption Technical Working Committee (TWC), under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to Government, Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, will begin hearings on the laws behind the proposed agency.

The Business Against Corruption Alliance—an initiative of Transparency International (PNG) and the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry—is coordinating the response of the private sector to the proposed legislation. It is asking its members to respond to TWC’s Public Discussion Paper by 5 July.

Government and private sector corruption consistently rates as one of the top concerns for businesses in PNG, according to the annual PNG 100 CEO Survey.

The proposed ICAC is expected to take over from Task Force Sweep, established in 2011 to investigate corrupt practices in government departments. The taskforce has since registered over 200 cases of corruption, and recovered over K68 million (US$32 million).

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