Corruption Engraved in System, Asia Development Banking Funding
N0193. CORRUPTION ENGRAVED IN THE SYSTEM. Corruption has been engraved into the government system for a very long time and is going to take time to get rid of, says RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga. He said that for the last three or four years, “We have tried our best and we continue to do the most that we can ... It will take a bit of time to get everybody into it but there’s a major shift since we started until today.”
This is one of the reasons why “We are continuously replacing people, shifting people around, trying to find a way out of this mind set,”
“You see [in the PM's] speeches and in all his visitations and in any opportunity that he gets to speak in public, he continues to stress the importance of working effectively and produce what the government wants them to produce [in this regard.]”
Sara'ssista, a predictable, regular contributor, thinks Tikoitoga gives "an hilarious insight into the regime's anti-corruption strategy. Perhaps they are not looking in the mirror or to the guy on their right and their left?? " I find the "insight" perfectly credible, and her inference of corruption in government once again a sweeping generalisation in need of evidence.
N0194. ADB PROJECTS IN FIJI. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) expects to strengthen relations with Fiji by identifying new development projects to fund.
Newly appointed ADB Regional Director South Pacific Sub-Regional Office, Adrian Ruthenberg, said, "Fiji meets most of the criteria established by ADB for development assistance and we welcome proposals for new development projects."
The ADB is currently funding three major upgrading projects which includes the Kings Road (FRUP 3), Suva - Nausori Water and Sewerage and the Flood Recovery and will soon embark on a Poverty Alleviation project.
Mr Ruthenberg said ADB was also responsible for the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu but most of his schedule would focus on Fiji as the largest of these six island countries.