Earlier this year in February our CAG Fuimaono Camillo Afele participated in the Workshop on Enhancing the Pacific Triangle of Integrity in Port-Vila, Vanuatu.

The event was co-organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) and included participants from Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), Anti-Corruption Bodies (ACB), and Parliament Committees. Representatives from these three spheres from across the Pacific gathered to strengthen their role in the fight against corruption in this region. 

Samoa's representatives in the talks included the CAG Fuimaono Camillo Afele as the head of the Samoa SAI. The workshop was also attended by a representative from PASAI as the official association of Pacific SAIs.

The Pacific Triangle of Integrity is a partnership between parliamentarians, SAIs, and ACBs to boost oversight of corruption capture and prevention in the region. 

The importance of building effective interagency collaboration at national and regional levels was highlighted during the three-day dialogue. The workshop also served as a platform for peer-to-peer learning from the experience and good practices from other countries and discussions on ways to enhance the effectiveness and operational mechanisms of cooperation in the region. 

Participants addressed how the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for greater transparency, accountability, and integrity in the use and allocation of public funds. UNODC supports countries in strengthening their capacity to apply these approaches in practice. The role of education, civil society, and the media was also recognized as critical in combating corruption. 

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