11 Nov 2013

Call for Marshall Islands government to make travel produce a result

6:54 am on 11 November 2013

The Marshall Islands government is being urged to ensure government workers sent overseas produce results from their trips.

Criticism has arisen over recent travel abroad by officials from other Pacific Island countries, especially in view of the size and composition of foreign delegations.

Our Marshall Islands correspondent says government services in Pacific countries are often delivered by a small number of people.

Giff Johnson says overseas travel puts a huge strain on resources.

"Using the travel to produce a result would be a very constructive way to look at government travel and it would certainly help justify the millions of dollars and, you know, hundreds and hundreds of people hours that are spent on it."

Giff Johnson says the auditing of government travel is also very loose and people should be required to account for their activities.