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Reserve Bank Welcomes Code Of Conduct Bill

The Reserve Bank of Fiji has welcomed the introduction of the Code of Conduct Bill and regards the initiative as a positive way forward in strengthening public sector governance in
30 Jan 2019 10:00
Reserve Bank Welcomes Code Of Conduct Bill
Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights, Alvick Maharaj, with Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor Ariff Ali during a break at the Big Committee Room in Parliament in Suva on January 29, 2019. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

The Reserve Bank of Fiji has welcomed the introduction of the Code of Conduct Bill and regards the initiative as a positive way forward in strengthening public sector governance in Fiji, says Governor Ariff Ali.

While making submissions before the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights yesterday, Mr Ali said having a code of conduct was not new to the roles of the Governor and Deputy Governor because RBF had its own internal code of conduct.

He said investigations on complaints under their code of conduct took a maximum of seven days to complete, a  practice they hope to uphold with the introduction of the Bill.

“The Reserve Bank of Fiji has had in place for a very long time a Code of Conduct for all its employees, reviewed regularly to ensure its relevance to our vision and mission,” Mr Ali said.

“We are happy to note that the provisions of the proposed Code of Conduct relevant to our roles, are in line with our organisational Code of Conduct, and there will be no challenges in complying with the requirements of the Bill.”

He said codes of conduct had value as an internal guideline and external statement of values and commitments.

“As public officials, and senior ones at that, the proposed codes articulate the values that Government wishes to fos-

ter in us leaders and our employees, and in doing so, defines desired and expected behaviour and provides benchmarks against which our performance can be measured,” he said.

He sought clarification on the definition of a public official under Schedule Five, whether it applied only to the Gov- ernor and Deputy Governor of RBF or to all officers and employees.

Mr Ali suggested that in addition to initiating the monitoring of compliance of the Bill through investigation of a complaint, the Accountability and Transparency Commission should be empowered to initiate investigations on its own accord.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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