Interim ICAC builds corruption prevention expertise

ICAC officers at the APSAC Conference
ICAC officers at the APSAC Conference

Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), 1 December 2022 - The interim Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is adopting proactive approaches to preventing fraud and corruption risks, following intensive training and information exchanges in Australia.

“ICAC has learned new and innovative methods to identify fraud and corruption risks, control and address vulnerabilities in institutions, and understand how fraudsters operate.”

“I look forward to using the prevention mandate of the ICAC to build the capacity of other government agencies to assess and address their fraud and corruption risks,” said Mr. Thomas Eluh, MBE, DPS, QPM, interim Chairman of the ICAC.

Five members of the interim ICAC and representatives of the Department of the Prime Minister and the National Executive Council, the Department of Justice and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary attended the Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference and Workshops in Sydney on 15-17 November 2022. Participation was funded by the European Union under the Project on Preventing and Countering Corruption in Papua New Guinea, and implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Programme.

The event brought together over 500 anti-corruption experts from the Pacific region and elsewhere to discuss emerging trends, learn innovative approaches and build professional networks. In addition to the plenary sessions, discussion panels, workshops and smaller meetings at the Conference, the PNG delegation was hosted by the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption to exchange corruption prevention practices.

“UNODC is pleased to be assisting the establishment and operations of the ICAC under the EU-funded Project. UNODC is the custodian of the UN Convention Against Corruption, which dedicates an entire chapter to prevention. We will strongly support the ICAC’s efforts to strengthen corruption prevention in PNG.”

“We also look forward to commemorating the International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2022 under the theme ‘UNCAC At 20:Uniting the World Against Corruption’”, said Mr. Graeme Gunn, the UNODC PNG Officer-in-Charge and Anti-Corruption Adviser.