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PACIFIC PACS MEET IN HONIARA TO STRENGTHEN THEIR CAPACITIES

FRIDAY 11ST NOVEMBER 2016

Front row( left to right: Clerk to National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Mr. Clezy Rore, Speaker to national Parliament of SI, Hon. Ajilon Jasper Nasiu,  Distinguished facilitator from the World bank Group, Mr Mitchell and Pacific PAC Chairs and members including Solomon Islands.
Front row( left to right: Clerk to National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Mr. Clezy Rore, Speaker to national Parliament of SI, Hon. Ajilon Jasper Nasiu, Distinguished facilitator from the World bank Group, Mr Mitchell and Pacific PAC Chairs and members including Solomon Islands.

A meeting of Pacific Network of Public Accounts Committees (PaNPAC) to exchange information and ideas to enable them to keep up to date with important developments, changing standards and best practices as they emerged ended successfully in Honiara on Wednesday the 9th November 2016.

The meeting brought together a total of 8 Hon. Members from Pacific Public Accounts Committees including Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and a facilitator from the World Bank.

Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Ajilon Jasper Nasiu in his welcome remarks said he is certain this meeting will provide an avenue for inclusive contributions, discussions, presentations and knowledge sharing, which gears towards promoting parliamentary democracy and financial oversight in our pacific region.

“I do hope you will enjoy the three days program and find it enriching, profitable, and thought – provoking and rewarding,” Hon. Ajilon said.

“During this workshop, I also hope that you will all take this opportunity to learn and observe from institutions that support our PAC,” he added.

Hon Ajilon appreciate this meeting as he sees it as an avenue PACs can facilitate the exchange of information, opinion and experiences relating to PACs and to discuss matters of mutual interest to the members of PaNPAC.

Clerk to National Parliament of Solomon Islands Mr Clezy Rore also made remarks on behalf of the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Akbar Khan.

Mr Rore said the CPA Secretary General has been encouraged to learn how the region is seeking to implement the enduring political values of the Commonwealth such as:

  • Just and honest government
  • The alleviation of poverty
  • Fundamental human rights
  • International peace and order
  • Global economic development
  • The rule of law
  • Equal rights and representation for all citizens regardless of gender
  • The separation of powers and;
  • The right to participate in free and fair elections amongst others

He said the CPA deems it of the utmost importance that the above values are underpinned by the separation of powers when it comes to the relationship between the three branches of government: the legislature, the executive and the judiciary.

“In their respective spheres, they are the guarantors of the rule of law, the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights and the country’s adherence to good governance,” he said.

In this regard, he informed members that CPA has been working tirelessly to strengthen Parliament’s oversight functions over the executive as committees and their role of overseeing governments and agencies play a crucial role in this process.

This does specifically apply to the oversight process of whether public funds are spent effectively and honestly.

“This is why in today’s modern democracies, enabled and well-resourced Public Accounts Committees are of the utmost importance.

In fact, Professor Peter Hennessy, an English historian and academic specializing in the history of government from the Queen Mary University of London describes PACs as the “ the Queen of the select committees which by its very existence exerts a cleansing effect in all government departments,” he further added.

Meanwhile Mr Rore said this meeting builds on the outcomes of the PaNPAC meeting in Wellington, New Zealand in August 2015.

The meeting ends yesterday the 9th of November 2016.

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