Press Release

APEC ACTEWG Meeting focuses on eradicating corruption rate

08/08/2018

The APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Expert Working Group Meeting (ACTEWG) on Tuesday 7 August focused mainly on how APEC Economies can address corruption holistically whilst eradicating its rate for a better sustainable economic growth.

The APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Expert Working Group Meeting (ACTEWG) on Tuesday 7 August focused mainly on how APEC Economies can address corruption holistically whilst eradicating its rate for a better sustainable economic growth.

It is tasked at coordinating the implementation of the Santiago Commitment to Fight Corruption and Ensure Transparency, the APEC Course of Action on Fighting Corruption and the APEC Transparency Standards.

The Acting Deputy Secretary for Legal and Policy of the PNG Department of Justice and Attorney General and chair of the ACTEWG, Ms Roselyn Gwaibo said corruption is something that is not immune to everyone.

In addition, the Secretary of the PNG Department of Justice and Attorney General, Dr Lawrence Kalinoe in his opening remarks of ACTEWG meeting stressed that corruption remains a serious threat to sustainable economic growth and good governance among many other things and efforts must be strengthened towards building resilient systems.

He said that amongst those resilient systems of preventing corruption includes the ACTEWG’s commitment to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), a legally binding multilateral treaty corruption instrument.

The APEC ACTEWG meeting brings in wealth of experiences from member economies that are leading in terms of fighting corruption, which PNG could adapt in addressing corruption.

The meeting is part of cluster of meetings in the APEC Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) currently underway.