22 Jul 2010

Cook Islands might be swayed to ratify Corruption Corruption

8:10 pm on 22 July 2010

A four-day assembly on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption is wrapping up in Samoa tomorrow.

The awareness and information meeting on the ratification and implementation of the Convention has been attended by senior government officials from fourteen Pacific countries.

The Cook Islands Assistant Ombudsman, Jeannine Daniel says her country had initial reservations about ratifying, including its resource capability and the implications of the convention.

"What we've received from the last several days from this meeting has exceeded our expectations in terms of answering our questions. So our job now is to go back home, take from this meeting all the benefits gained at this meeting, in an attempt to make a proposal to our cabinet for us to ratify."

Jeannine Daniel says the convention's provision of asset recovery and international cooperation in terms of law enforcement were two of its main selling points.