The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has been acknowledged by United Nations Pacific Region Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) for their contribution towards a newly launched Anti-Corruption Toolkit.

The Toolkit highlights a section under part 6 of the FCCC Act, explaining in detail provisions regarding restrictive dealings or anti-competitive behaviour.

“Corruption can have a devastating impact on socio-economic development and FCCC is grateful to be recognised for our contribution towards this initiative which is aimed at combating it,” said FCCC CEO Joel Abraham.

“Our core values of being transparent, honest and credible are at the heart of everything we do, which is vital to our operations as an independent and expert body tasked with the protection of Fijian consumers and businesses.

With the Toolkit initially intended for women owned MSMEs, close attention was paid to ensure that corrupt practices commonly faced by women entrepreneurs were the focus.

“Often, the contributions of women in economic activity are undervalued. Women play a very critical role in the socio-economic sphere of this country – to serve as the catalyst for transformative change and empowerment,” added Abraham.

“As such, it is heartening to see the contributions of FICAC, WEBC in developing this Toolkit together with FCCC. We thank the 51 Fijian women entrepreneurs who attended workshops on anti-corruption for MSME.”

FCCC General Manager Operations Senikavika Jiuta said that FCCC has more than 40 per ent female employment, something FCCC prides themselves in.

“As you can see, we value the contribution of women in the workforce. However, the principles in this Toolkit apply to anyone involved in business, not just women entrepreneurs,” said Jiuta.

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