‘Fiji, First 50 Least Corrupt Countries In The World’

FNU credited for taking initiative to tackle global ill.
19 Jul 2022 12:06
‘Fiji, First 50 Least Corrupt Countries In The World’
Dr Joseph Veramu of FNU, FNU Student Elsie Pickering, FNU acting dean CHE Jerry Wong, Ethic and Governance acting HOD Makereta Mua, FICAC commissioner Rashmi Aslam, Planning Officer Fiji Police Force Poliasi Colamoto and chairperson of Integrity Fiji Jofiliti Veikoso during the launch of Ethics and Anti- Corruption in Oceania (EACO) short course at Fiji National University in Nasinu on July 15, 2022. Photo: Nolishma Narayan

Fiji is within the first 50 least corrupt countries in the world, the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption has said.

FICAC Commissioner, Rashmi Aslam, revealed this during the launch of Ethics and Anti-Corruption in Oceania (EACO) short course at the Fiji National University (FNU) in Nasinu on July 15.

Mr Aslam said corruption was the longest existing global epidemic, which was deeply rooted and widely spread.

“This is a significant step. And that’s why we call this the newest soldier who joins us in this fight against corruption,” he said.


“Any endeavour to address this evil tsunami without understanding the nature and the magnitude of this issue will vanish into obscurity. Fighting corruption is a multi-faceted and complex task. It requires utmost competence, careful planning and fears implementations. It’s the responsibility of the entire society and can’t be done by one person or a single agency single handed.”

“The Corruption Perception Index of 2021 of the Transparency International was a silver lining. Fiji scored 55 points out of 100 and ranked 45 out of 180 countries. Fiji came within the first 50 least corrupt countries in the world.”

He acknowledged FNU for taking the proactive initiative, contributing and unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption.


EACO Short Course

The Department of Ethics and Governance in the School of Arts and Humanities of the College of Humanities and Education launched the Ethics and Anti-Corruption in Oceania (EACO).

The course will start from August 8 to September 16, 2022. The course is a follow-up to the successful MOOC Online Anti-Corruption

Module offered in 2021 through support from Integrity Fiji, Transparency International and FICAC.

The EACO course is a six-week course with 10 credit points (CP). It has five modules that cover ethics, values and integrity, and ethical theories.


Acting Head of Department Makereta Mua said the short course met a crucial need to raise awareness and build capacity in dealing with corruption issues.

“We hope to draw a greater awareness on corruption in Oceania by developing personal awareness and critical thinking skills on this issue and ethical actions to discourage these practices,” she said.

Ms Mua encourages those who are interested to work in COs, NGOs, and international agencies such as the United Nations and so forth to come and enrol in the programme.



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