The resources lost through channels of corruption could otherwise be used to ensure that everyone has equal access to basic services like education, health, clean water and sanitation with dignity and without having to pay bribes.
This was highlighted by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption Manager Investigations Kuliniasi Saumi during the 20th Anti-Corruption Day celebration at FICAC today.
Saumi says corruption impacts all five pillars of sustainable development including people, planet, peace, justice and ownership which can discourage and prevent people from accessing basic services impacting socio-economic outcomes, and economic activity. He further says the indirect consequences of corruption are even larger such as undermining the government's ability to serve the public interest, corroding the rule of law, and eroding trust in government institutions which becomes a serious threat to security.
Saumi also highlighted that we must recognise that anti-corruption efforts are crucial not only for promoting transparency, accountability and integrity but to accelerating progress in meeting development goals by strengthening efforts to curtail illicit financial flows, bribery and corruption.
He says FICAC can not fight corruption alone as it is everyone's duty which requires a comprehensive approach.
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