In May 2022 Transparency International New Zealand released a report about our investigation of corruption and money laundering within Pacific Island Countries (PICs).
The report Corruption and Money Laundering in the Pacific: Intertwined Challenges and Interlinked Responses highlights the linkage between the two activities concluding that preventive and investigative systems are insufficient and not operating effectively.
This report is the product of research undertaken by Professor John Hopkins and Dr Chat le Nguyen from Canterbury University. It analyses the primary AML (Anti-Money Laundering) measures relevant and applicable to anti-corruption. It examines the capacity and practice of implementing these standards in the Pacific, with detailed analyses of practices with case studies from seven selected Pacific Island Countries (PICs).
TINZ has produced summaries of the analysis for each of the countries covered. These are already making their way to cross-Pacific meetings of law enforcement officers, financial intelligence units and the Pacific Island forum.