TransparencyInternationaPNG, in partnership with The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce andIndustry, hosted anIndependence Be akfast atthe Royal Papua Yacht Club in Port Moresby yesterday.
The breakfast wasthemed &lsquoFreedom ofInformation in Combating Corruption’, with Advisory Group Chairman for TransparencyInternational New Zealand, Sir Anand Satyanand, asthe guest speaker.
The existence of corruption in Papua New Guineais a real threat to development and a growing concern, both locally and internationally.
Sir Anand Satyanand, a lawyer by profession, has served as a judge, ombudsman and asthe 19’s up>th Governor General of New Zealand.
Sir Anand spoke onthetheme:Freedom ofInformation – Combating Corruption. “…Raisethe idea that a freedom of information approach can, if it is all worked through, align withthe pursuit of transparency andthe pursuit of governance in which people have faith…”, Sir Anand said.
Governance, transparency and freedom of information were key points Sir Anand elaborated on and how this was relevant tPNG today.
Onthe cusp oPNG’s 38thIndependence Celebrations, Sir Anand concluded his address with a challenge saying, “Ifthere is a wind going to blow in favour of freedom of information it will require a great deal of work and a great deal of gthering ofthe hearts and minds ofthe public…”.
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