The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in PNG was invited by Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) to participate in its biennial Anti-Corruption exhibition in Kokopo, East New Britain Province from 8th – 9th April 2016. The event under the theme “Together against Corruption” was a successful event to show case anti-corruption initiatives of CSOs, Government institutions and Development partners.
The Provincial Capacity Building Program (PCaB) on behalf of UNDP attended this invitation that gave an opportunity for the Program to show case the “Phones Against Corruption” initiative to the public on exposing and combating corruption by sending SMS through mobile phones.
The National Program Coordinator Mr. Sam Erepan and the Chief Technical Specialist Mr. Tito Balboa were there in hand to represented the Program by displaying various posters, distributing pamphlets and prompt a video show on “Phones Against Corruption” which attracted the attention of many people who attended the event. They were particularly interested how the SMS system runs, its characteristics and availability in the provinces and districts.
The exhibition was officially opened by the former Governor General Sir Paulus Matane together with the Deputy Prime Minister Mr Leo Dion. Mr. Dion in his opening remarks emphasized the need of all civil servants, including him, to be accountable for their work, mentioning that the GoPNG doesn’t tolerate corruption.
Other government departments such as the Department of National Planning & Monitoring, Bank of PNG, Ombudsman Commission and CIMC etc. also participated in the two day exhibition.
The event gave the program an opportunity to meet with key officials from Government departments and CSOs, who were particularly interested in the roll-out of the Phones against Corruption initiative to other GoPNG Departments and to the general public.
We informed that the SMS system is being scaling up to other government agencies, such as Health, Education, Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs, Lands and Justice Departments. The project is also waiting the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption-ICAC before extending this initiative to the general public.