TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY POST FOR USP VC

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THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE Suva, Fiji Phone: (679) 321-2228 or 321-2025, Email: thackray_a@usp.ac.fj 

NEWS RELEASE Thursday, 10 October 2002

University of the South Pacific (USP) Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Savenaca Siwatibau, will join forces with high-level people from around the world to help fight corruption, after accepting an invitation from the German-based Chair of Transparency International (TI) to join the organisation’s Advisory Council.

The role of Transparency International’s Advisory Council – whose members include people of the highest integrity from a broad range of geographical, cultural and professional backgrounds – is to support and guide the programmes of TI. The aim of TI is to curb corruption by mobilising a global coalition to promote and strengthen international and national integrity systems.

TI believes corruption is one of the greatest challenges of the contemporary world, undermining good government, distorting public policy, misallocating of resources, harming private sector development and hurting the poor. TI states that are controlling corruption is only possible with the cooperation of a wide range of stakeholders to form an integrity system which includes the state, civil society, and the private sector. There is also a crucial role to be played by international institutions.

Mr. Siwatibau, who is the sixth Vice Chancellor of the University since its establishment in 1968, and the first Fijian to the organisation’s top post, said it was a great honour to join Transparency International’s Advisory Council and that he looked forward to contributing to the organisation’s goal to fight global corruption.

USP is one of only two truly regional universities in the world, representing 12 member countries of the South Pacific. Mr. Siwatibau has brought an extensive knowledge of the South Pacific to USP, holding the position of Head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, based in Vanuatu, since 1988.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Siwatibau held a long and distinguished career in Fiji’s public service. He has held the positions of Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji and Commissioner of Insurance (1984-1988), General Manager of the Central Monetary Authority of Fiji and Commissioner of Insurance (1981-1984) and Alternative Director for the South East Asian countries at the International Monetary Fund, based in Washington, D.C. (1978-1980).

Mr. Siwatibau also has a long association with USP, serving as a member of its Council from 1974-78 as well as from 1984-91, and as Chairman of its Finance and General Purposes Committee from 1985 to 1991. He was also Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the USP Council from 1997 until January 2000.

Media Release issued by the USP Marketing & Public Relations Office. Further information, Telephone: (679) 321-2024.

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