PNG BUSINESS COMMUNITY TAKES ON CORRUPTION

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New organizations promote code of conduct

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 14, 2010) – The Business Against Corruption Alliance (BACA) and the Port Moresby Young Chamber of Commerce was launched last night at the Ela Beach Hotel.

BACA is aimed at the business community and is supported by the British High Commission, the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc and Transparency International PNG. The aim of the project is to support local business in the fight against corruption, with the focus being on encouraging businesses to adhere to a code of conduct (and to assist in designing one if necessary), encourage the education of employees by running "in-house" workshops to increase employees awareness of all the different types of corruption, supported by a "train the trainer" program.

BACA will also provide help and support in incidents of corruption and eventually expand the project to include tertiary students so they are educated before they join the work-force and acquire bad habits.

The Young Chamber which was also launched on the night was a result of a strong feeling that it was a battle for young Papua New Guineans to fight and draw them to be the face of the alliance.

The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce said BACA and the Young Chamber can make a difference and urged all business houses to join in the fight against corruption.

Attended by more than 50 representatives from 95 companies associated with BACA, the launch involved a concerted effort from various business houses to fight against corruption in PNG.

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