FIJI POLICE COMMISSIONER SAVUA BACKS TRANSPARENCY BODY

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By Dharmend Prasad

SUVA, Fiji (April 13, 1998 - Fiji Times/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---Moves are underway to form a Fiji branch of Transparency International to fight corruption in the country, the Fiji Times reports.

Police Commissioner Isikia Savua has welcomed the formation of the new body, saying it would greatly help weed out corruption which has milked the government and the public sector of millions of dollars.

"What it intends to do is to get things understood and, more importantly, introduce transparency to all workings of government ministries and other non-governmental organizations," he said.

"They have been good in the countries that they have been in and what we can get from that is that it allows us to link in and hook up with countries that Transparency International is in."

Fiji Transparency International is sponsored by the Suva-based United Nations Development Program and is chaired by Suva businessman Ikbal Jannif.

Mr. Jannif could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Transparency International is a non-profit and non-governmental organization backed by prominent people, including business executives, with the goal of fighting international and national corruption.

A steering committee was formed early this year which includes representatives from the Fiji Chamber of Commerce, the Fiji Employers Federation, Citizens Constitutional Forum and the Director of Public Prosecutions office.

Title -- 1289 JUSTICE: Fiji moves to fight corruption Date -- 13 April 1998 Byline -- Dharmend Prasad

Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Fiji Times, 13/4/98 Copyright -- Fiji Times Status – Unabridged

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