Fiji Development Bank joins the nationwide Anti Bribery Campaign

Media Team   |   05 Apr 2022

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) continues its nation-wide anti bribery campaign and integrity efforts by embracing more stakeholders taking up the campaign and spreading the message of anti-bribery across the nation.

The Fiji Development Bank (FBD) has become the latest public statutory organisation to join the “I don’t accept bribes’ campaign, a joint nationwide initiative by FICAC with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) under the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project funded by the New Zealand Government.

The launch of the anti-bribery campaign took place on Monday 04 April 2022, in the presence of executives from FDB and representatives from FICAC and UNDP.

The launch alongside the badging ceremony was of significant importance as the campaign is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and specifically Sustainable Development Goal 16 which calls for countries to improve their governance systems and fight corruption.

In his keynote address, FDB Chief Executive Officer Mr. Saud Minam acknowledged FICAC, UN-PRAC and the New Zealand Government for collaborating with the Bank on this important campaign.

Mr. Minam highlighted that while FDB has its own Code of Conduct and principles regarding this subject matter, it is still important for the staff to participate in such campaigns and understand the broader context of bribery.

“One of our core values is Integrity. FDB exhibits the highest levels of objectivity, honesty, transparency, fairness and responsibility at all times,” said the CEO.

“Our Code of Conduct clearly outlines the ethical and professional standards for staff, which they are expected to advocate and embrace at all times. We regularly conduct special awareness for our staff to understand the importance of good personal and professional conduct. This Training is an opportunity for us to further educate our staff on what bribery is, how it can be avoided and its implications on an organisation.”

Speaking at the launch, FICAC’s Manager Corruption Prevention Mrs. Kolora Celua said that “By knowing how to prevent and fight corruption, and by opting not to accept or offer bribes, an autonomous statutory body such as FDB has a critical role to play in preventing drainage of resources caused by corruption and bringing them back to investments in important development outcomes of the Fijian economy leading to the enhancement of the quality of life for all Fijians”.

UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Anti-Corruption Adviser, Sonja Stefanovska – Trajanoska stated: “Our work against corruption is framed by the 2030 Agenda and the imperatives of meeting the commitments of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, SDG 16 includes commitments to fight corruption, increase transparency, tackle illicit financial flows, and improve access to information. As such, this goal is critical to the entire Agenda, because corruption undermines progress on all the SDGs. So, if bribery is not banished and if corruption is allowed to continue, we will struggle to achieve the vision of the 2030 Agenda and a better and more sustainable future for everyone, everywhere.”

In concluding her remarks, FICAC’s Manger Corruption Prevention Mrs. Kolora Celua stated that the commitment of the FDB to embark on this collective journey is important; because by working against corruption in all its forms, the Bank will make a measurable difference for the citizens of Fiji by being committed to its strong development mandate based on the values of integrity and are free from any form of corruption; and as the Bank executes its core business, roles and responsibilities, that it will be enjoined to do this respecting the values of integrity and anti-corruption. She urged the Executive Management and officers at FDB to take a stand and say No to corruption and bribery, and to therefore exercise their civic right and duty to report matters of corruption and bribery to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

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