SURVEY: PNG GOVERNMENT LAX ON CORRUPTION

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Respondents reported bribes for public services

By Calron Laepa PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 10, 2010) – In Papua New Guinea (PNG), an independent survey carried out on the government’s effort to minimize corruption in the country shows that the government has done very little to minimize corruption.

Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) executive director Emily Taule said a survey carried out in the country between June and July 2009 by Tebbut Research shows that the current government was not doing enough to control corruption. TIPNG got Tebbut Researchers to carry out the studies because PNG was not part of the TIPNG Global Corruption Barometer.

The report was carried out by Tebbut Research in PNG and Fiji using computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) which is simply interviewing people on the telephone.

From more than 3.5 million people interviewed, 65 per cent said the current governments effort to fight corruption was ineffective, 24 per cent said the government was effective, and 11 per cent said neither effective nor ineffective. The report also said from the 3.5 million people, 26 per cent said they paid bribes to receive service from service providers in the past 12 months. These services included judiciary, education, medical service, police registry and permit service, utilities, tax revenue and customs. Meanwhile acting chairman of TIPNG Stephen Lawrence launched the 2010 TIPNG Global Corruption Barometer in the PNG.

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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