“You have to tackle the obstacles of corruption, develop a culture of integrity, anti-corruption and transparency as this will lead to an efficient administration which helps to enhance public confidence and eventually assists in economic growth, developments in the country and creating employment in the market.”
These were the sentiments shared by FICAC Manager Corruption Prevention Ms Kolora Naliva at today’s workshop on “Protecting your business against corruption”.
The workshop was a follow up to the launch of the Anti-Corruption Toolkit for Women-Owned Micro, Small and Medium Businesses in Fiji earlier this month.
It sought to help women entrepreneurs make use of the toolkit and to fully understand the role they play in operating businesses which were free of corrupt practices.
Ms Naliva was part of a panel discussion on creating a reporting system where she explained to the participants the different ways of reporting corruption, what happens to their complaints once its lodged and how their complaints could lead to better practices and procedures of public bodies.
“If you suspect that corruption is happening and you know about it, please empower yourselves with the laws and the anti-corruption information,” she highlighted.
She added that if they knew the law and their rights as women in business, they would be empowered with accurate information to report matters of corruption, fraud and bribery matters.
“Do not turn a blind eye. Do not willfully shut your eyes. Report matters of corruption when you know about it and seeing it happen,” she said.
The participants were encouraged to make use of the resources readily available to them on the FICAC website and social media accounts to learn more about anti-corruption and various training programs they could sign up for so that they are able to do their part in fighting corruption.
The workshop was organized by the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project (UN-PRAC) in partnership with FICAC, the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF), the Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) and the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC).