On the eve of the International Anti-Corruption Day which falls tomorrow, Transparency Solomon Islands has issued Global Corruption Barometer Pacific 2021 Key Findings for Solomon Islands in which the People say the Most Corrupt in Solomon Islands are Members of Parliament.
The United Nations designated 9th December as the International Anti-Corruption Day after the passage of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
The statement says when it comes to those who should unite “us against the fight against corruption promoting good governance, transparency, and accountability again the findings of the Global Corruption Barometer Pacific 2021 clearly shows us why we are not getting anywhere with this fight.”
It states that the Global Corruption Barometer Pacific 2021 Key Findings for Solomon Islands – People say the Most Corrupt Institutions of Solomon Islands.
Members of Parliament – 55% of respondents
Companies extracting Natural Resources 53% of respondents
The Prime Minister and Officials in his office 45% of respondents
Business Executives 28% of respondents
Civil Servants 27% of respondents
Police 27% of respondents
The theme for 2022 International Anti-Corruption day is UNITING THE WORLD AGAINST CORRUPTION a theme most appropriate for Solomon Islands and for the Solomon Islands Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Transparency Solomon Islands calls on the Director General of the Solomon Islands Independent Commission Against Corruption (John Kouni), the Assistant Secretary for Anti-Corruption Policy Overview & National Anti-Corruption of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Philip Manakako), the (UNDP) Programme Manager for the Accountability, Transparency, Peacebuilding Project (Ms. Nanise Aune-Qaloewai) to use this day and the theme for 2022 IACD to advocate for UNITING SOLOMON ISLANDS AGAINST CORRUPTION being the organizers of this event.
“This day provides that opportune opportunity and avenue for all of us, Solomon Islands Independent Commission Against Corruption, Institutions of Accountability and Integrity, Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, UNDP, Development Services Exchange, Transparency Solomon Islands, Media (key stakeholders) concerned individuals and citizens come together and advocate for Uniting Solomon Islands Against Corruption, or the Pacific Region for that matter,” TSI says
“It is the day that the Public Institutions (paid by taxpayers) and civil society inform citizen of this country what we have done, what worked well, what needs improvement, what gaps exist, and where citizens can play a part in this fight, using radio, to reach as many people as possible and time for citizens to inform us if we are making any difference in this fight and in their lives. The United Nations designated this day as a day to raise awareness on corruption. It did not designate the week leading up to the 9th of December and that day as the only time each year that the Solomon Islands Independent Commission Against Corruption Office, the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, carry out awareness in the provinces to the tune of $100,000.00. The rest of the year they remain dormant and waiting for opportunities to travel overseas.
The statement states that wwareness to the provinces, communities Transparency Solomon Islands believes should be a continuous activities of these government institutions, and of course Transparency Solomon Islands too.
TSI says as of yesterday (8th December, and last month) absolutely nothing has come from the three key institutions (SIICAC, OPMC, & UNDP) to inform the public, civil society and concerned citizens about any programme for the day— but corruption in public sector is a big problem.
The key findings of the Global Corruption Barometer Pacific 2021 of peoples experiences corruption is a big problem in Solomon Islands.
Key Findings for Solomon Islands of the Global Corruption Barometer Pacific 2021
- 97% of the respondents see corruption in the government as a big problem
- 90% of the respondents see corruption in the business sector as a big problem
- 52% of the respondents say government not doing a good job fighting corruption.
- Public official engaged in corruption rarely or never face consequences.