Accident Compensation Commission Fiji (ACCF) welcomes Anti-Bribery Campaign

Media Team   |   23 Sep 2022

The Accident Compensation Commission Fiji (ACCF) has become the latest organization 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 Saturday 17 September in the presence of Management and staffs of ACCF together with the representatives from FICAC.

During the launch, ACCF Chief Executive Officer Mr. Parvez Akbar stated that ACCF was established by the Fijian Government pursuant to the Accident Compensation Act 2017 in which it pays compensation for serious injuries and deaths arising from accidents such as motor vehicles, employment and school.

Mr. Akbar further stated that to-date ACCF has paid out approximately $35M in compensation to victims of accidents or their families therefore as the sole statutory entity empowered with the function of paying compensation for these types of accidents, it is crucial that as an organisation and the team, there is no room for bribery and corruption.

“It is for this reason that its very inception, ACCF has maintained a zero tolerance to bribery and corruption. This approach is captured in ACCF’s values and our policies and procedures. As an organisation we have an unblemished record on bribery and corruption, and we are fortunate to have a team who will say no to bribes, not because they have to, but because they know that it’s the right thing to do,” added Mr. Akbar.

Speaking at the launch, Manager Corruption Prevention Mrs Kolora Celua stated it is an extremely serious matter when a public servant or public official entrusted with public money acting without integrity.

“The badge, that you all be presented with today, acts as a reminder to you, that whilst discharging your duties, you are doing so in a dignified manner. An evil like bribery and corruption, the only immunity is your honesty. So, don’t degrade your character for few extra dollars,” added Mrs. Celua.

During the closing remarks, Mrs. Celua urged the Management and Team Leaders of ACCF to take ownership of the public integrity and anti-bribery campaign as well as the series of training sessions that will follow suit.

“The commitment of the ACCF to embark on this collective journey is important because by working against corruption in all its forms, the ACCF will make a measurable difference for the citizens of Fiji; in at least two ways:

i. By being committed to your duties based on the values of integrity and are free from any form of corruption’

ii. As you execute your core business, roles and responsibilities, that the ACCF will be enjoined to do this respecting the values of integrity and anti-corruption” stated Mrs. Celua.

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