THE 2015 International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) will be marked in Honiara Solomon Islands on the 9th of December.
Hosted by Transparency Solomon Islands in partnership with the Government National Integrity Institutions, Solomon Islands Financial Intelligence Unit, Extractive Industries Transparency Institution (EITI) and Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII), the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD).
The event will be held at the National Art Gallery from 8:00am to 2:30pm.
The theme for this year’s IACD is, ‘Break the Corruption Chain’.
In a joint statement by the IACD partnership committee, Chair of Transparency Solomon Islands, Ruth Liloqula said that Corruption is a cross cutting issue that affects all countries around the world including Solomon Islands. In simple definition, Corruption when one uses his/her official position for private gain.
“Corruption undermines democracy, creates unstable governments, and sets countries back economically.
Thus, the onus to break the corruption chain is on each and every one of us to address it and not only the responsible authorities like the Government, Judiciary, Police, Non-Government Organizations, Private Sector, media etc to address.”
“Come December 9, we call on members of the public, youth groups, media organisation, business houses, development partners, academic institutions, NGO’s and faith base organization to make yourselves count against corruption and be part of the IACD public event at Art Gallery to raise public awareness on the impact of corruption and what people can do to fight it.” Mrs. Liloqula added.
The IACD will be kick-off with a colourful ‘Walk against Corruption’, parade from the Honiara City Council (parking space) to the National Art Gallery, where the official program will be held.
The official program will commence with the keynote address by the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands,Hon. Mannesah Sogavare , followed by the 2015 IACD Song, a two hours public forum on the IACD Theme,’Break the Corruption Chain’, presentation of essay and poetry competition winners.
Also, there will be information stalls by partners and music/dance entertainments .
Source: TSI Press