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Elevating the quality of governance

THE Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare says the Democratic Coalition for Change Government is fully committed to improving the level of accountability and transparency on many fronts in the country.

Sogavare made the statement in his opening remarks of the National Peace dialogue at the Heritage Park Hotel.

“After their final revisions the Anti-Corruption Bill and the Whistle Blower Bill are now ready to be reintroduced in Parliament for enactment.

“The Ombudsman Bill has gone through its first and second reading in the current sitting of Parliament.

“We intend to go for this Bill’s third reading before the end of this year.

“The new Leadership Code Bill will be finalised soon and will be ready for enactment by 2018.

The Prime Minister then added that In terms of the National Anti-Corruption strategy, the multi-donor project to implement the strategy is now approved following its appraisal in May this year.

The government and the UNDP will be the initial donor to the project and it is expected that the European Union and the Australian Government will also be contributing to this project during the second half of the year.

“I wish also to inform this National Dialogue that the new National Election Bill is a work in progress and will be ready for Parliament consideration around next year.

“This new legislation will substantially improve the way election is conducted and administered,” Sogavare added.

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