Fiji to review Timor Leste
Monday, July 18, 2011
FIJI has been selected to review Timor Leste's compliance with the provisions of the United Nations Conventions Against Corruption (UNCAC).
This was made known a few days ago to the Government by delegation made up of lawyers and prosecutors from the United States and Bangladesh who are in the country with members of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Secretariat.
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the invite to review Timor Leste was a milestone and sent the signal to the international community that the Government was committed to eradicating systematic corruption.
The review process would be conducted later in the year.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this was the first time Fiji was invited to review another country.
He said it meant Fiji could also build on internal capacities because certain personnel had to be trained before they could go and review another country.
"But as part of this process of the review program last year and this year, (there are) some people in Fiji now who know how to respond and fill out reports and have also become experts in areas of law pertaining to corruption, abuse of office and of course the various international obligations that do exist, and how we cooperate with other countries," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
$13b UN market- a potential for Fiji firms
July 18, 2011 12:14:34 PM
Fijian Companies have a chance to tap into a $13 billion market following a seminar between the United Nations Procurement Division (UNPD) and the Fiji government.
The seminar which was attended by local companies and producers were designed to inform them of business opportunities with the UN.
UNPD representative Greg Kulcher said the main purpose of the seminars was to bring the UN systems and procedures to Fijian businesses and to also register qualified vendors to supply to the UN.
He said the United Nations spent around $13 billion dollars a year to procure goods for its operations.
Attorney General and Minister for Industry and Trade Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the seminar was the first of its kind in Fiji and would lead to better things for local companies.
“This is the first time we have had the UN procurement division representation come to Fiji and try and tap into the Fijian market and give information to the companies,” said Sayed-Khaiyum.
“There are other developing countries who supply to the UN procurement division so similarly we would like Fiji to be a participant in that and also Fiji can be used as the Hub of the South Pacific to assist other Pacific Island countries to use Fiji as hub to supply to them.”
By Tevita Vuibau