On 23-25 October, UNDP and the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council (DPM&NEC) hosted a training on DPM&NEC’s internal Anti-Fraud, Anti-Corruption and Whistleblower Protection policy for employees from different offices of the department. The training was held under the European Union-funded Preventing and Countering Corruption in Papua New Guinea Project (PNG Anti-Corruption Project).
UNDP trains DPM&NEC employees on Anti-Fraud, Anti-Corruption and Whistleblower Protection policy
October 27, 2023
The Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council developed and adopted the Anti-Fraud, Anti-Corruption and Whistleblower Protection policy in August 2023 to safeguard good governance and financial viability through improved management of the risks of fraud and corruption within the department. This marked the first time that a Government department in Papua New Guinea had developed such an internal policy for combating corruption. UNDP provided technical support to the development of the policy through the European Union-funded PNG Anti-Corruption project.
During the 3-day training, the participants received guidance on the practical implementation of the policy. The participants learned about the types of fraud and corruption sanctioned by the policy and how violations of the policy will be investigated within the department.
“This training will give you an in-depth understanding of what this policy will mean for our department. It is the responsibility of each of us to hold each other accountable and to ensure that this policy is operationalized in an effective manner,” said the Chief Secretary to the Government, Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council, Mr. Ivan Pomaleu in his opening remarks.
The Head of Development Cooperation of the European Union delegation to Papua New Guinea, Mr. Hans Lambrecht, stated: “The European Union wants to congratulate the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council for becoming the first Government department in Papua New Guinea to develop such a policy. It has been honour for the EU to support the development of this policy and we look forward to continuing our joint efforts to enhance good governance in Papua New Guinea through our different initiatives.”
“Nothing undermines democracy and people’s trust in public institutions as much as corruption. I hope this training will motivate the PM & NEC Department employees to turn this policy into effective action against corruption in Papua New Guinea,” UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Nicholas Booth, stated in his remarks to the participants of the training.
The PNG Anti-Corruption Project is funded by the European Union and implemented jointly by UNDP and UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is part of the EU-PNG Partnership for Good Governance Programme.