6 May 2013

Fiji Roads Authority chief stresses commitment to transparency

5:56 am on 6 May 2013

The head of the Fiji Roads Authority, Neil Cook, says the year old body is a good example of the government's commitment to stamping out corruption.

The authority overseeing Fiji's largest infrastructure investment this year replaced a government department abolished partly because of alleged corrupt practices.

Mr Cook says he's committed to bringing tendering systems to Fiji that the market and the public can see have one hundred percent integrity and there can be no expectations of inducements, gifts or bribes as may have been the case in the past.

But Mr Cook says poor quality procurement practices are mostly due to a lack of knowledge.

"There's room for improvement and we can assist in other areas outside of roading with not a lot of effort. The systems that we're developing and will be embedding in Fiji, alot of them can easily be translated into other businesses."