30 Mar 2007

Transparency to form alliance in fight against corruption

2:02 pm on 30 March 2007

An alliance against corruption is to be formed next month in Solomon Islands where the local group of Transparency International says corruption is endemic.

All the regional chapters of Transparency International have just completed a meeting in Honiara and in a statement they say the fight to overcome corruption means giving the highest priority to improving governance.

The executive director of Transparency Solomon Islands, Joses Tuhanuku, says his chapter has been asked to set up an alliance against corruption involving the Solomons' accountability institutions, civil society the public service and the trade unions.

"And we should collectively put pressure on the government to act on, for example, recommendations from the auditor general's. It is a lot of work but it can be done. So that is how we are going to ensure that there is accountability and when there is accountability and compliance with processes, then there is a reasonable chance of good governance."

Joses Tuhanuku