Subject: Timor team studies transparency in PNG institutions

Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring

October 25, 2001, Thursday

East Timor team studies transparency in Papua New Guinea institutions

The Independent web site, Port Moresby, in English 25 Oct 01

Excerpt from report by Helen Rei carried by Papua New Guinea weekly The Independent web site on 25 October

The East Timor delegation to PNG has appealed to international communities and countries they visited to help support them in their fight against corruption. The two-member delegation -comprising Cipriana da Costa Pereira, member, Constituent Assembly, and Leandro Isaac, member, Constituent Assembly - have called on international organizations dealing with the fight against corruption not to politicize corruption but to fight against it. They said their fight against corruption will go a long way into the future generations.

At the end of their five-day visit to PNG, they expressed satisfaction that they have learnt a lot. East Timor, a newly formed democratic state, is currently building its institutions of governance and therefore is visiting neighbouring countries to learn from their experiences. The purpose of the tour is to enable the delegates to look at PNG's constitutional institutions and how it has operated these institutions as a developing country.

Ms Cipriana said they have learnt a lot during their visit and acknowledged the various institutions that are working to fight corruption in PNG. Some of the institutions they visited include the Justice Department, Attorney-General's Department, the Ombudsman Commission, the Political Parties Registry, the Transparency International (TI) Office and the Constitutional Review Commission...

Ms Cipriana expressed the importance to defend the liberty of the media and acknowledged the recent Pacific Islands News Association which had a participant from East Timor, Fauta de Souza, from Radio UNTAET, representing Timor Lorosae Journalist Association as an observer...

All institutions made available their most senior officers to share their experiences... Prior to coming to PNG the delegation spent a week in New South Wales, Australia looking at some of its key institutions. They return to their country today.


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