Wednesday, 16 November 2011 9:08 AM

Political Watchdog Voices Concern

Political watchdog, Transparency Solomon Islands says Taiwan should seize providing what it calls loose cash to members of parliament.

The chairman of Transparency International in Solomon Islands, Mr. Bob Pollard says Taiwan has acknowledged that its aid is being abused but significant changes it made last year have so far been ineffective.

Danny Philip had been unseated as Prime Minister and is being investigated for alleged misuse of funds provided by Taiwan.

"I certainly hope Taiwan takes note of this and changes their ways. It's a bit of a machiavellian situation where they've given their funds and it's helped bring down a corrupt government."

Bob Pollard says the need to audit aid funds is increasingly important in Solomon Islands whose government has only recently started to get budgetary support from organisations like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

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