Independent Commission Against Corruption growing stronger

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Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), 3 November 2022 - The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is swiftly progressing the establishment of its office with the interim ICAC Chair, Mr Thomas Eluh, at the forefront working with government bodies and development partners.

A series of key ICAC policies to govern ethics, conduct and communications have been developed with support by the UNODC under the PNG Anti-Corruption Project. The Project is funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by UNODC and the UN Development Programme. These key policies are critical to the establishment of ICAC.

Good practices for induction training for new staff members have also been addressed.

“The ICAC is at the centre of efforts to combat corruption in our country, and I am working to ensure we adopt best practice policies, procedures and operations. I look forward to the appointments of the ICAC Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners which are the next key steps in ICAC’s establishment,” said Mr. Eluh.

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“Under the EU-PNG Partnership for Good Governance, the European Union allocated approximately 100 million Kina for actions aiming at promoting good governance and the respect of the rule of law. I wish to renew the firm commitment of the European Union to stand by the PNG government and civil society to further progress core reforms, including the establishment of the ICAC,” said Mr Jacques Fradin, EU Ambassador to PNG.

As a key integrity agency in PNG, the ICAC needs to be able to demonstrate its own governance and accountability is in the best possible shape.

“We are pleased to be supporting the ICAC’s establishment under the EU-funded project. ICAC is laying a solid foundation for success. We will continue to support ICAC to develop its internal governance as well as its prevention and law enforcement functions in due course,” said Mr Graeme Gunn, the UNODC PNG Officer-in-Charge and Anti-Corruption Adviser.