21 Jun 2004

Transparency International says leaders must do more to combat systemic corruption

3:36 pm on 21 June 2004

Transparency International say there is systemic corruption throughout the Pacific and that leaders must do more than pay lip service to efforts to stamp it out.

Pacific representatives of the anti-corruption body met in Wellington at the weekend and called for action to combat the problem.

The Executive Officer of TI, New Zealand, Shane Cave, says there is concern that over the years, signatures have been put on paper, but they have not been followed up by action.

"the problems of corruption, in many different forms - the misuse of funds, the misuse of power for personal enrichment. is still prevalent in many Pacific Island countries, and Pacific Island people who belong to Transparency International chapters, and many other people, are concerned about it and do not believe that action has been followed up"