| Radio New Zealand
PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea government health minister Jelta Wong says a foreigner should head the country's new independent anti-corruption agency.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption Bill passed its second reading in parliament last week.
With the final reading due in August, a long-touted ICAC is close to becoming a reality.
Health Minister Wong says he's pleased with the content of the bill.
As the head of the health sector, which has been hampered by corruption, Mr Wong says it's important ICAC be truly independent.
"We just have to wait for the third reading and make sure they put things in place where the people that are in charge are not pushed by other people, or they have relations," he said.
"I think the first commissioner should be coming from a foreign country so that it's a fair and just system."
Last year, a parliamentary committee uncovered extensive corruption in the country's public health sector, particularly around the procurement, supply and distribution of medicines.
The committee heard repeated accounts of health officials demanding bribes from companies involved in distribution of medicines.
It found that due diligence was rarely performed to guarantee the quality of contractors, nor the quality of the drugs supplied under the contract.