The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) is the country's mandated law enforcement agency to investigate and prosecute public sector corruption, as well as educate society on understanding and reporting corruption.

It was established by the FICAC Act No 11 of 2007,[1] and began operations in April of the same year.

The Constitution of the Republic of Fiji[2] stipulates that the Commission may investigate, institute and conduct criminal proceedings, take over investigations and criminal proceedings that fall under its responsibility and functions as prescribed by law, and which may have been initiated by another person or authority and discontinue, at any stage before judgment is delivered, criminal proceedings instituted or conducted by it.

FICAC is headed by a Deputy Commissioner, who is appointed by the President of Fiji. The current Deputy Commissioner is Mr Rashmi Aslam after the retirement of Mr George Langman. Mr Aslam served as the Acting Deputy Commissioner from April 2019 until his official appointment as the Deputy Commissioner in May 2020.

Function[edit]

The FICAC Act No. 11 and the Prevention of Bribery Act No. 12 of 2007 gives the Commission unique powers to investigate, advise and prosecute cases involving public sector corruption.

The commission also has powers to investigate and prosecute breaches under the Crimes Act of 2009,[3] Electoral (Registration of Voters) Act No. 54 of 2012,[4] Political Parties Act No. 4 of 2013,[5] and the Electoral Act of 2014.[6] It is the primary objective of FICAC to promote the integrity and accountability of public administration and educating and enlisting public support to combat corruption.

FICAC acceded to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC)[7] on 14 May 2008 and volunteered for a Pilot Review Program by Serbia and France in 2009.

In 2012, Fiji became one of the first 28 State Parties to be reviewed on its implementation of UNCAC by Bangladesh and the United States of America in a peer review process.[8]

FACE[edit]

The Fiji Anti-Corruption and Ethics Centre[9] was created in 2017 to provide its viewers with access to anti-corruption information and education materials.

Visitors to the page can read and download annual reports, statistics, anti-corruption policies and all published work of the commission.

This online resource centre acts as an avenue for building a strong brand amongst its stakeholders and provide a platform for exchanging ideas and proposals to tackle corruption.

Anti-corruption policy templates available on this page can assist organisations who have yet to develop any system of internal controls to identify and prevent corruption.

The Commission acknowledges and realises that information is absolutely vital to creating a culture of empowerment and that once this is achieved, there will be more people speaking out and against corruption in the country.

Reporting corruption[edit]

Anyone wishing to report suspected corrupt activity can visit the FICAC website to lodge it online.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption : Act No 11 of 2007 with amendments" (PDF). Ficac.org.fj. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  2. ^ "CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF FIJI" (PDF). Ficac.org.fj. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  3. ^ "CRIMES DECREE 2009 (Decree No. 44 of 2009)" (PDF). Ficac.org.fj. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Electoral (Registration of Voters)" (PDF). Ficac.org.fj. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Political Parties Act 2013" (PDF). Feo.org.fj. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  6. ^ "ELECTORAL ACT 2014" (PDF). Feo.org.fj. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  7. ^ "UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION AGAINST CORRUPTION" (PDF). Ficac.org.fj. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption" (PDF). Ficac.org.fj. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  9. ^ "FACE - Home". Ficac.org.fj. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  10. ^ "FICAC -Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption". Ficac.org.fj. Retrieved 13 March 2019.