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Public Service Fale deliver training for Kiribati Public Service Office to focus on anti-corruption efforts in the Pacific 

Photo: Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO), in partnership with the Public Service Fale, delivered a series of training workshops in June, for the Kiribati Public Service Office (PSO) focusing on anti-corruption and investigation processes.

 The initiative was a result of a request by the PSO to provide training to their team who lead fraud and corruption investigations for the Pacific Island Nation.

The training was in line with the Kiribati 20 year Vision and National Anti-Corruption Strategy. 

Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Director Karen Chang says, “New Zealand has an important role to play as a partner in the Pacific region by supporting initiatives that lift capability and build resilience.”

“Our work with the Kiribati PSO reflects our commitment to enhancing stakeholder engagement and sharing SFO expertise. It also highlights our intention to take a targeted approach to the way we contribute internationally. In particular, how we partner with the NZ public service and our Pacific counterparts to support their anti-corruption efforts.”

Tania Ott Deputy Commissioner at the NZ Public Service Commission and Head of the Public Service Fale, says “We extend our thanks to the SFO for sharing their specialist expertise and engaging with the Fale to support the development of strong, transparent, and effective public services across the region.”

“The New Zealand public service has an important role to play as a partner in the Pacific by supporting public sector strengthening initiatives that lift capability and build resilience. Public sector strengthening goes to the heart of Pacific regional security and prosperity aspirations.”

The SFO has previously delivered training and provided case related support on an ad hoc basis for other Pacific Island countries. This work sits alongside the SFO’s Counter Fraud Centre that provides resources and guidance on building capability and creating an effective counter fraud culture.

The Public Service Fale was established in January 2020 and is a Pacific-led public service centre of excellence, based at the New Zealand Public Service Commission in Wellington, New Zealand. The Fale serves and supports 16 Pacific Public Service Commissioners (PPSCs) to achieve their public sector strengthening priorities. The Fale is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Fale works directly with the PPSCs and their agencies to deliver practical and needs based regional programmes and tailored bilateral support with the overarching goal that over time, public services are strengthened to be more trusted by Pacific citizens, adaptable, results-driven, gender inclusive and people-centred.

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