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SOLOMONS’ WALE URGES EFFORT TO CUT CORRUPTION Says current government has no strategy against it

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Oct. 29, 2010) – The Opposition has called for a combined effort to improve the country’s rating on the annual Transparency International Corruption Perception Index.

Deputy Opposition leader, Mathew Wale made the call following the release of the 2010 index on Wednesday, which ranked Solomon Islands 110 out of the 178 countries listed.

[PIR editor’s note: A Previous report states that Solomon Islands scored 2.8 on a scale of 0, which is categorized as highly corrupted.]

Mr. Wale said it is unfortunate that the National Coalition for Reform and Advancement (NCRA) Government has no clear strategy to fight corruption.

He said the rating of Solomon Islands as one of the highly corrupt countries in the listing is a national embarrassment.

"This highlights the need for the government to put in place a clear strategy to effectively combat and deter corruption," Mr. Wale said.

He said necessary resources must be allocated for the implementation of the strategy and it must involve all sectors of the society in order to achieve the desired result.

He added corruption has deprived Solomon Islanders from benefitting fully from their abundant natural resources and the millions of dollars poured into the country annually by aid donors.

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