7 May 2013

Anti-corruption watchdog praises new Vanuatu government

11:26 am on 7 May 2013

The Vanuatu Anti-Corruption Commission says the new government is making good progress in establishing an official anti-corruption body for the country.

In 2011, Vanuatu signed a UN Convention that provides a framework for the country to fight corruption.

The chair of the NGO, Phil Manhire, says previous governments have largely ignored the framework, but the new Moana Carcasses administration is increasing the momentum in the fight against corruption and working hard to create the body.

He says he has been meeting with the government to work out how to make it happen as quickly as possible.

"The other governments have shied away from these processes and from their obligations under the UN Convention and of course we're here to make sure that doesn't happen."

Phil Manhire says the new body will need to have an appropriate level of resources and capabilities to make a difference to the level of corruption.