Samoa's Public Service Commission held an International Anti-Corruption Day Conference in commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day on the 9th of December whereby all the countries around the world come together to recognize the importance of fighting against corruption.
Attendees were asked to reflect on ethics and integrity initiatives and also to recognize the problems that corruption has done to our society. The Assistant Controller and Auditor General Muaausa Marshall Maua was one of the speakers for this conference, sharing insights on the Samoa Audit Office's integrity work that has been conducted in 3 phases. There were also other two speakers that shared how they deal with corruption within their work places, the Samoa's Ombudsman Afioga Luamanuvao Katalina Sapolu and the International speaker from New Zealand; Mr Hugo Vitali's, the Deputy Commissioner of the Integrity, Ethics & Standards of the Public Service Commissioner of New Zealand.
Governments, private sectors, non-governmental organizations, media and citizens all around the world join forces to fight corruption. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are at the forefront of these efforts.
Amid the global challenges faced by all countries this year, the 2022 International Anti-Corruption Day theme is 'Uniting the World Against Corruption'.