by Vasinatta Yama – EM TV, Port Moresby
The first ever anti-corruption workshop was conducted in the Porgera District recently.
The workshop educates locals, businesses, and government departments on ways to fight corruption.
The training was delivered by NGO group, the Restoring Justice Initiative Association, and PNG-Australia Law and Justice Partnership (PALJP).
A total of 55 people attended the anti-corruption workshop facilitated by Barrick Gold Corporation, a subsidiary of Barrick Niugini Limited.
The information given was on the status of corruption in PNG from Transparency International’s corruption index, code of ethics and the common corrupt practices in PNG.
PALJP anti-corruption advisor, John Toguata, tried to educate participants to recognise areas where corrupt practices spring from, the different systems and situations that encourage individuals to take part in corrupt activities, and what the government and the law and justice sector is doing to combat corruption in PNG.
Toguata said that corruption is present in PNG because people are being forced in to doing it, just to fulfil their cultural and customary obligations and expectations.
Although corruption is not new to Papua New Guinea, it will need time and effort from everyone to reduce its practices.
Restoring Justice Initiative Association CEO Julian Whayman also said that combatting corruption, improving community safety and reducing violence against women is government’s development priority.