28 Jan 2014

Government bidding process faces revamp in Marshall Islands

4:22 pm on 28 January 2014

A revamp is underway in the Marshall Islands to improve accountability at the Ministry of Finance's Procurement and Supply Office.

A new acting chief has been appointed after the office head went on leave earlier this month in the wake of allegations of improper handling of government bids.

An investigation by the auditor-general and the police has focused on allegations that staff at the Ministries of Health and Finance received bribes in order to direct contracts to the locally based pharmacy and medical supply company Genesis.

The Genesis office was closed and put under police guard on New Year's Eve after a raid by the authorities.

Since then, investigators have been building their evidence against a group of government workers alleged to be involved in fraudulent bids.

The acting Attorney-General, Jack Jorbon, says he hopes to file multiple criminal charges later this week.