SUVA (FIJI TIMES) — Sixty-eight percent of people surveyed in Fiji believe corruption in Government is a “big problem”.

This, according to the Global Corruption Barometer Pacific 2021 report released by Transparency International this week.

The report also highlighted that 61 per cent of people surveyed in Fiji believed that corruption was a big problem in the business sector.

The Transparency International report surveyed over 6000 people in 10 Pacific countries, including 1000 in Fiji, producing regional and national survey results.

Overall, 61 per cent of Pacific respondents perceived that corruption in government was a significant problem.

The report also showed that over 70 per cent of the respondents thought that ordinary people could make a difference in the fight against corruption.

The survey was conducted from February to March this year in the Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji.

At the launch of the report, CLCT Integrity Fiji board chair Jofiliti Veikoso said the report was a very timely one that would help address the issue of corruption.

“I think the report is very timely for Integrity Fiji and we see it as an opportunity to work, to strengthen our work with the Government and other statutory bodies and also other institutions that come together to address the issue that has been identified in the report,” Veikoso said.

Transparency International is a global non-governmental organisation that aims to ensure government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.

It has more than 100 national chapters worldwide with an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany….PACNEWS

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