21 Aug 2017

Call for better access to information in Kiribati

3:12 pm on 21 August 2017

Kiribati's former president, Sir Ieremia Tabai, is urging the government to make access to information easy.

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Sir Ieremia told parliament during question time that he had been refused access to copra production data for last year.

Mr Tabai says he asked for this report three times in May and December last year, but no one provided him with this information.

The commerce minister Atarake Nataara says such requests cannot be attended to urgently because of a number of procedures to ensure accuracy.

The minister told the House that no employee is allowed to disclose information about government or its companies without the approval of their secretaries and CEOs.