Procurement cases top Fiji corruption commission

12 August 2013

Source: The Fiji Times – 09/08/2013

The Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) has received more than 50% of procurement and project implementation cases in the past five years as a result of inadequate checks and non-compliance to official procedures.

Being a member of the government tender board, FICAC deputy commissioner George Langman said he had personally witnessed the long and potentially overwhelming procedures and process that made officials susceptible to corruption.

"I have practically seen how and where bidders can succumb to corrupt practices in the tender process," Langman said.

"These experiences provided me with valuable on the ground information which I have shared with my management and staff so that we can protect government interests more effectively."

Areas of concern included the bribing of officials to leak tender information, unimplemented projects, false progress reports of provincial development projects and officials involved in the project phase by selling government supplied resources for their personal gain.

Langman is determined to do all that he could to address problematic areas of procurement in Fiji.

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