28 June 2019
Anti-Corruption Commissioners being sought in the Solomon Islands
At the start of 2017, the Solomon Islands Government began to roll out its three-year National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) led by Manasseh Sogavare.
The NACS aim was to reform the then existing anti-corruption legislation and policy, and add new components to the countryï¿½s anti-corruption framework.
The overall purpose of the NACS strategy being geared towards addressing weaknesses in public administration, the judiciary, law enforcement, the private sector and civil society.
In 2018 there were many pessimistic about the potential for the SIG to pursue the anti-corruption agenda but such concerns were overcome with the passage of the Anti-Corruption Act in 2018 and with a raft of legislation in support of anti-corruption measures, including the introduction of a Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, which was then enacted.
Section 2 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2018 sets out the terms for the establishment of an Independent Commission Against Corruption and the duties and purposes of such a Commission.
The Anti-Corruption Act allows for the investigating and prosecuting cases of corruption and enhance integrity in government institutions and is in compliance with Article 6 of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
It was announced today by Radio New Zealand that nominations that six anti-corruption commissioners will soon be sought for the ICAC.
.A nominating committee has been appointed to oversee the recruitment process.
Potential commissioners will be recommended to the Governor General for consideration and appointment and men and women of high personal integrity and experience in areas relevant to preventing corruption will be considered.