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Mobile phones tackling corruption in PNG's Department of Finance

Mobile phones tackling corruption in PNG's Department of Finance

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:53 AEDT

Even in a country known for a high level of official corruption, PNG's Department of Finance has long stood out as one of the most corrupt arms of government.

In 2010, when the then Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare released the results of a Commission of Inquiry into the Department, he said people "will shudder in awe" at what was exposed.

Now under new management with a new Secretary, former accounting academic Dr Ken Ngangan, the Finance Department is

trialling a system designed to eradicate corruption by encouraging staff to send anonymous text messages if they have any suspicions.

Those calls will be monitored by the secretary and a group of internal auditors, and Dr Ngangan says the ultimate aim is to expand the strategy to other departments, and eventually open it up to the general public.

Presenter: Liam Fox

Speaker: Dr Ken Ngangan, Secretary, Papua New Guinea Department of Finance

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