‘Corruption deeply-seated in Govt’

National, Normal

CORRUPTION has become deep-seated and has its roots firmly planted in the arms of Government, National Research Institute acting director James Robins said yesterday.
Mr Robins also said the corruption in the private sector should not be overlooked “because it takes two to tango”. 
Speaking at the launch of Transparency International (TI) annual global corruption report, Mr Robins said it had become a way of life and only a collective and religious effort by all concerned would end this scourge.
Mr Robins said that unless drastic measures were taken now, simple citizens would continue to bear the costs and suffer as a result. 
“Wherever corruption occurs, it is the everyday citizens who bear the costs of such destructive crimes in either monetary, services or material terms,” he said. 
Corruption, he reiterated, had become “an entrenched, endemic disease that is perpetrated by politicians, bureaucrats and public servants in positions of influence”.
And private enterprises do not assist preventing corruption by entertaining it, he added. 
“As private enterprise is usually the other party in most business transactions, the saying it takes two to tango adds elements of civil society to the corruption network,” he said bluntly.
The TI global reports had primarily looked at legal, judicial and constitutional changes and the political will needed to address corruption. 
In PNG, major stakeholders in the law and justice sector and the National Research Institute (NRI) had a hand in the reports.
Mr Robins said NRI had corruption as one of its areas of research in it 2009-13 corporate plan. 
NRI has also set up corruption research committee to look at the various instruments of Government that have been empowered to address corruption.
It would also look at the various avenues and potential perpetrators of corrupt dealings.
“It is NRI’s job to keep you all informed on what is happening in the anti-corruption area, alongside TI (PNG),” Mr Robins said.