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June 13, 2021
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Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Barnabas Anga, says that through the South-South Co-operation, other islands in the Pacific will adopt some innovative ideas that have been developed by Papua New Guineans.

With Papua New Guinea seen as the leading island nation, this will enable other nations to engage more with their big sister country.

High Commissioner, Anga made a diplomatic presence in the regional knowledge exchange workshop in Port Moresby.

“Such workshops are a window of opportunities. They are important for knowledge exchange through the South-South Co-operation,” he said.

The meeting discussed ways to strengthen anti-corruption initiatives with citizens, through the use of Information Communication Technology.

This will help state institutions, agencies and citizens improve public service delivery.

Derek Futaiasi is the Deputy Secretary to the Prime Minister of Solomon’s Islands.

“An important way forward for Solomon Islands, is the need to restructure government institutions to weed out corruption,” he said.

Vanuatu was represented by the Policy Advisor to Justice and Community Services Minister, Setariki Waoa.

“PNG’s Phones Against Corruption initiative, a platform jointly initiated by PNG’s Finance Department and United Nations Development Program and supported by the Australian Government, is worth considering,”

Meanwhile Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands will adopt PNG’s Phones Against Corruption to scale up their anti-corruption initiatives.

This reporting tool, through mobile phone text messaging or SMS, since introduced in 2014, has led to 77 cases investigated by PNG’s Finance Department.

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