Solomon Islands to better face corruption-related challenges
Approximately 30 officials from law enforcement entities, integrity institutions and anti-corruption agencies in Solomon Islands are converging this week at the Investigative Training, held from 21 to 25 August in Honiara.
The primary objective of the investigative training is to strengthen the skills and knowledge in conducting efficient and effective investigations to battle against corruption.
The training will equip participants with the necessary knowledges, tools, techniques, and best practices to carry out successful corruption investigations, promote transparency, and enhance accountability.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been actively supporting the Solomon Islands in its efforts to combat corruption and this training program is organized by the Transparency and Accountability Project (TAP), an initiative of UNDP Solomon Island Office, funded by the Government of Japan and the Government of Solomon Islands.
As Mr. Katsumasa Maruo, Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan in Solomon Islands highlighted in the opening remarks of the training: “The Government of Japan together with UNDP will continue to work hand in hand with the Government and people of Solomon Islands in advancing the country´s mission in fostering transparency and accountability through this partnership.
It is well recognized that before we can respond to corruption offences, we must detect and investigate them. Thus, this week’s training brings together government agencies and institutions that play a crucial roles in detecting and investigating corruption cases in order to conduct efficient and effective investigations.”
The participants at the training, which includes officers from various law enforcement entities, integrity institutions and anti-corruption agencies such as the Office of the Auditor General, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, Ministry of Finance (Internal Audit), Director of Public Prosecution, Custom and Excise Division, and the Office of the Ombudsman showcase the nation’s collective commitment to tackling corruption.
As highlighted by Ms. Nanise Saune–Qaloewai, Programme Manager: “This investigative training provides a valuable opportunity for the different state institutions officials dealing with corruption to not only enhance their skills, but it also addresses a key factor that facilitates corruption detection: transparency and access to information”.
The training program employs a combination of presentations, practical exercises, case studies, and knowledge-sharing sessions. Participants are engaging in role-plays and simulation exercises to apply the acquired skills in realistic scenarios.
The objective of the training it to ensure that participants are equipped with new tools and techniques to collect and analyze evidence in corruption investigation, demonstrate improved capacities to work collaboratively and in multi stakeholder approach, understand the importance of transparency and accountability in the fight against corruption and enhance investigative skills and knowledge to effectively tackle corruption.