Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC)

ICAC warn corrupt participants

Deputy Commissioner of ICAC, Daniel Baulch, made it known that any corruption-related matters reported to their office will be handled diligently, and those found to have grounds will be investigated further and concluded accordingly.

Matters that do not require ICAC’s attention will be referred to appropriate agencies to deal with.

ICAC ready for 2024

ICAC Commissioner, Andrew Forbes, said that ICAC is currently in a ‘start-up mode’ and expects to be operational by the first quarter of 2024.

The ICAC has been in operation for five months since the Commissioners were sworn in July of this year.

Alongside, Commissioner Forbes was Deputy Commissioners Graham Hill and Daniel Baulch, who both spoke to highlight their current progress.

“In this short time, we’ve been here, we have gained a real sense that the people of PNG have had enough and wish to see change”, said Forbes.

K4 billion est. loss to corruption

This included the Police, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), and the United Nations Development Program.

ICAC Commissioner Andrew Forbes in his address stated, “Our invitation to today’s launch describes that fraud and corruption is evident and deep-rooted, occurring in numerous forms. I can only say that is consistent with the accounts I have received since being appointed. It has been described that corruption is rife and pervades many aspects of commercial activities and everyday life.”

ICAC meets with IRC

This meeting was part of ICAC's effort to connect with key stakeholders. Commissioner General Sam Koim extended congratulations to the ICAC team and assured IRC's commitment to collaborative efforts in combating corruption. IRC has recently established a dedicated Tax Crime Division to investigate and prosecute tax evaders, and they will closely cooperate with ICAC to hold accountable those who defraud the State through tax evasion.

Prime Minister welcomes ICAC establishment

The Commission gained momentum with the recent arrival of three highly qualified and experienced ICAC Commissioners.

Recognizing the devastating impact of rampant corruption on the nation's progress, Prime Minister Marape has been an unwavering advocate for the establishment of ICAC since assuming office in May 2019. The culmination of these efforts led to the passage of the ICAC Bill in November 2020.

Inaugural ICAC Commissioners

All three arrived in Papua New Guinea on Monday July 3rd. Commissioner Baulch is Deputy Commissioner Operations and Technical Services, while Commissioner Gill is the Deputy Commissioner Prevention and Corporate Administration.

Commissioner Forbes says that though they bring with them the benefit of a wealth of experience in their respective fields, they will be mindful of the cultural differences in different parts of the country.

ICAC commissioners appointed

Prime Minister James Marape made this announcement on the floor of Parliament today.

The Prime Minister also clarified that since taking office in 2019, all leaders agreed to pass the law on the ICAC.

He said the work of establishing ICAC started back then since the second Parliament but didn’t fully established till the 10th Parliament.

Marape also acknowledged the contributions of the former regime led by Peter O’Neill for pushing through the ICAC bill but fell short to reach Parliament.

Marape clarifies K20m DSIP funds

Prime Minister James Marape clarified the fund allocation after media speculation that MPs will be allocated K100m per year.

He said the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) will prosecute any leader who misuses these funds.

To clear the misconceptions about the K20 million District Services Improvement Programme funding to each district, Prime Minister James Marape clarified that the funding is not free money for MPs but people’s money for development purposes.

Three appointed to top ICAC posts

Yesterday the appointments were made, although no names are being announced at this point until letters of formalization have been exchanged.

As Prime Minister, James Marape oversaw the appointments at the ICAC Appointments Committee meeting; he convened in his capacity as Chairman and called it “a historic decision”. Marape received the report containing the recommendations from the Independent Interview Panel, headed by Chairman Peter Aitsi.

Work Progressing On ICAC

The Prime Minister, James Marape on Wednesday 26 January 2022, when chairing the meeting discussed the composition of the Commission, its check and balance and administrative mechanisms, reporting structure, other administrative and legal requirements and recruitment for its composition.

He also called on the need of the Government to address the “cancer of corruption” in the country and hastened the Committee to move the process along before Parliament rose for the National General Elections this year.