Ministry of Sugar to Uphold Anti-Bribery Goals

Media Team   |   21 Dec 2021

The Ministry of Sugar has joined the "I don't accept bribes" campaign receiving their badges during the launch on Tuesday, 21 December 2021 at the Ministry Headquarters in Lautoka.

Ministry of Sugar, Director Sugar Operations, Mr Sanjay Kumar thanked the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for the initiative and creating awareness on the topic of "anti-bribery".

"We believe it is important for our team to go through this awareness training so that the Ministry conducts its business in the most transparent manner possible. We are also taking steps by constantly updating our policies and procedures to remove the possibility of corruption in our daily operations," said Mr Kumar.

"We as a country, we should have zero tolerance for corruption and these awareness being carried out by FICAC will definitely have a positive impact on this," added Mr Kumar.

FICAC Manager Investigations West/North Mr Uwate Biutanaseva thanked the Management and staff of the Ministry of Sugar for their support towards this nationwide campaign.

"The Ministry of Sugar plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the industry grows. It is entrusted with a central responsibility of overseeing the successful implementation of reforms to ensure that the sugar industry become economically viable and sustainable. Noting the significance the industry holds for Fiji, we cannot allow corruption and bribery to ruin our efforts directed towards revitalising this important enterprise. It is important to hold at heart the passion to grow this industry to ensure the benefits continue to flow towards our local communities for their growth and development," said Mr Biutanaseva.

"We must realise, that the impact of corruption and bribery goes beyond the corrupt individuals, the innocent colleagues who are implicated, or the reputation of the organisations they work for. Corruption and bribery erodes the trust we have in the public sector to act in the best interest of the citizen of a country. It also waste our taxes or rates that have been earmarked for important community projects - meaning we have to put up with poor quality services or infrastructure, or we miss out altogether. Corruption, particularly bribery does no advantage to a society or the nation at large. It puts an organisation like mine and an industry like yours to a risk to drastic failure and makes it inept to recover," added Mr Biutanaseva.

Mr Biutanaseva urged the Management and staff present to seriously consider corruption and bribery as a risk to the sugar industry and for the Ministry to undertake risk assessments on its entire processes and procedures to ensure that the Ministry offers a resistant platform to stakeholders of the industry to opportunities of corruption and bribery.

The Management and Staff of the Ministry of Sugar will undergo anti-bribery awareness trainings facilitated by the Corruption Prevention Department of FICAC.

"By wearing this badge now and also whilst on official duty, we sincerely trust that you will all wear it with pride and dignity. Knowing you have a role to play in fighting corruption and bribery for the betterment of our beloved nation," said Mr Biutanaseva.

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