Progress seen in curbing Solomons corruption - TI

3:02 pm on 2 March 2015

The head of Transparency Solomon Islands says the country seems to be gaining momentum in its efforts to tackle systematic corruption in the public sector.

A villlage on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

Photo: RNZI/ Walter Zweifel

Daniel Fenua says more effort needs to be put into praising and commending officials who stand up to bribery and corruption, a practice he says is considered a part of normal public life.

Mr Fenua says two cases in the past week are worthy of commendation, and meetings he has had with new prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, suggest things might, slowly, be changing.

"With the current government, we have had a number of dialogues recently trying to discuss the possibility of creating the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. These are actually signs of something moving forward in terms of fighting corruption."

Daniel Fenua says Transparency Solomon Islands will need to ensure the current momentum keeps going.