Sugar Industry Tribunal Commits to Fighting Bribery

Media Team   |   15 Dec 2021

The Sugar Industry Tribunal has recently joined the “I don’t accept bribes” campaign, receiving their badges on Wednesday, 15 December 2021.

Registrar of the Tribunal Mr Timothy Brown thanked the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for the campaign against bribery and stated that it was never too late to start something good.

“It is our motto to be honest in all our dealings and to tell the truth at all times”, said Mr Brown.

FICAC Manager Investigations West/North Mr Uwate Biutanaseva thanked the Sugar Industry Tribunal for joining the campaign as it marked a new beginning towards the joint partnership in the fight against bribery and corruption.

“The step the Sugar Industry Tribunal has taken today shows that your organisation understands the significance of fighting bribery and corruption to improve the performance and productivity. Irrespective to the size and financial capabilities of an organisation, corruption and bribery has the ability to cripple the industry to its knees, maybe not rapidly but gradually,” added Mr Biutanaseva.

Mr Biutanaseva encouraged the Senior Management and Officers of Sugar Industry Tribunal present at the launch to act now as their steps today does not only involve them professionally but their personal efforts at home, communities and social groups are vital as it is through their professional efforts which can minimise corruption.

“It is important from now onwards to see that our decisions and out actions reflect the values of good governance, integrity, transparency and accountability,” added Mr Biutanaseva.

“The Tribunal plays an important role in promoting the efficiency of the sugar industry. It is entrusted to promote goodwill and harmony between all sections and stakeholders of this industry. You role in prescribing in governing mutual rights of corporation and growers is seen to be an important platform to extend anti-bribery and anti-corruption ideologies and standards. Therefore, I request that we utilise all avenues to our avail to advocate, discuss and emphasise the anti-bribery and anti-corruption principles,” said Mr Biutanaseva.

Bribery is one of the hideous and commonest forms of corruption, and one that is difficult to detect. Therefore addressing bribery is crucial while at the same time addressing other crimes categorised under corruption. Acceptance by public entities to participate in the anti-bribery campaign is overwhelming and encouraging.

Mr Biutanaseva encouraged the Senior Management and Officers of Sugar Industry Tribunal to openly adopt anti-corruption programs and initiatives. “By wearing the badge whilst on official duty, we hope the public officials like you will keep the motto close to your heart and act in a dignified manner. For all who cysts your counters and desk, it serves as a reminder and a warning that your organisation has taken up this valiant challenge to fight bribery, and you are serious about it in all your organisational dealings and duties” added Mr Biutanaseva.

The management and staff of the Sugar Industry Tribunal will undergo anti-bribery awareness training sessions conducted by the Corruption Prevention Department of FICAC.

In his concluding remarks Biutanaseva thanked Sugar Industry Tribunal for their earnest cooperation and support shown towards the campaign and the Commission looks forward to the working partnership with the Tribunal in fighting corruption and bribery.

The campaign is supported by UNDP under the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project funded by the New Zealand Government.