The 2015 International Anti-Corruption Day will be marked in Honiara on the 9th of December.
Hosted by Transparency Solomon Islands in partnership with the Government National Integrity Institutions, Solomon Islands Financial Intelligence Unit, Extractive Industries Transparency Institution (EITI) and Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) , the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) on the 9th of December 2015, will be held at the National Art Gallery from 8:00am to 2:30pm.
The theme for this year’s IACD is, ‘Break the Corruption Chain’.
In a joint statement by the IACD partnership committee, Chair of Transparency Solomon Islands, Ruth Liloqula said that Corruption is a cross cutting issue that affects all countries around the world include Solomon Islands. It can be refer to the destruction of one’s honesty or loyalty through undermining moral integrity or honesty. It also can be refers to those who use official position for private gain.
“Corruption undermines democracy, creates unstable governments, and sets countries back economically. Thus, the onus to break the corruption chain is on each and every one of us, it’s an everybody’s business and not only the responsible of authorities like the Government, Judiciary, Police, Non-Government Organizations, Private Sector, media etc to address it.”
“Come December 9, we encourage members of the public, youth groups, media organisation, academia institutions, NGO’s, faith base organization to make ourselves count against corruption and be part of the IACD public event at Art Gallery to raise public awareness of corruption and what people can do to fight it.” Mrs. Liloqula added.
The IACD will be kick-off with a colourful ‘Walk Against Corruption’, parade from the Honiara City Council (parking space) to the National Art Gallery, where the official program will be held.
The official program will feature speeches, launching of the 2015 IACD Song, presenting of IACD Essay and Poetry competitions prizes, a two hours public forum on the IACD Theme,’Break the Corruption Chain’, Stall information’s and music/dance entertainments.