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Fiji | by AkaashMaharaj
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I visited Fiji to help the country's parliament adopt a new Code of Conduct, to enforce ethics and standards in public life.


The country is as beautiful as one would imagine, but unfortunately for me, I experience it mainly through the windows of offices and while walking from my hotel to the legislature. My visit to Fiji lasted a mere six days, and the work could easily have filled a month.


I was very proud of my colleagues on the parliamentary Standing Committee on Law, Justice, and Human Rights, for their willingness to come to a consensus that rose above partisan differences. This is a significant achievement in a country still recovering from multiple armed coups that have unfolded over the past 25 years.


Once fully adopted the new Code will govern the President, Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, judges, and senior civil servants.


I was working with them in my capacity as CEO of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).

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Uploaded on March 30, 2017