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PROVINCIAL PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS COMPLETES PAC TRAINING

WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER2016

Provincial Public Accounts Committees of Temotu, Makira, and Guadalcanal, posing for a photo with Speaker of the National Parliament (center, front row) and Clerk  to National Parliament (centre, back row)and PS for MPGIS sitting far right ( front row). (Note: At the time of group photo Central PPAC was not present)
Provincial Public Accounts Committees of Temotu, Makira, and Guadalcanal, posing for a photo with Speaker of the National Parliament (center, front row) and Clerk to National Parliament (centre, back row)and PS for MPGIS sitting far right ( front row). (Note: At the time of group photo Central PPAC was not present).

The first batch of 33 Provincial Public Accounts Committee (PPAC) members, Clerks and Speakers from nine Provinces were awarded attendance certificates by the Hon. Speaker of the National Parliament Hon. Ajilon Nasiu and the Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening Hon. David Tome on Thursday 10th November for completing a four day workshop on strengthening Public Accounts Committees.

The four day intensive workshop was jointly held by the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening the National Parliament Office.

The first leg of the training comprised 33 members of Provincial Public Accounts Committees,Clerks and Speakers, ranging from Makira Ulawa, Temotu, Central and Guadalcanal Provinces took place from 7th – 10th November in Honiara.

The training aimed at equipping members of PPACs in various aspects of conducting effective inquiries and critically analyzing and scrutinizing provincial budgets that is normally prepared by the Provincial Executive as a requirement under the Provincial Government Act 1997 and the existing Provincial Standing Orders.

In his remarks during the workshop, the Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Hon. David Tome, underlined the need for increased recognition of provincial PACs by all provincial executives because of the PAC role in ensuring continuous legislative oversight.

The Minister also thanked the National Parliament Speaker for his continuous commitment to capacity building of provincial PACs.

He cited the capacity building support that National Parliament has been coordinating with the MPGIS since 2008.

The Minister urged the National Parliament Office (NPO) and the MPGIS for greater coordination in capacity building for elected MPAs and assured the Speaker of his Ministry’s continuous collaboration with staff of National Parliament and other stakeholders in capacity development initiatives.

During the official opening, the Speaker of National Parliament, Hon. Ajilon Nasiu, assured the provincial governments of NPO’s continued support in capacity building.

He described the long years of working relationship between the two institutions as very fruitful in promoting financial accountability at the provincial level.

The Speaker urged the workshop participants to concentrate on the training so as to be well equipped for their future role as members of provincial assembly standing committee of PAC.

The 2016 training for PAC members is focused on giving hands on training to PAC members by getting them involved in more practical exercises and role plays. The training also covered the nature of Parliamentary Committees and how they work, the Privileges and protection of PAC members.

The four day training was delivered by the Committee Secretariat Department, Civic Education Department and Procedures Department of National Parliament Office, the staff of MPGIS and the Provincial Governance Strengthening Programme of MPGIS.

The second batch of 40 PAC members begin their training on the 14th Nov and will conclude on the 17th of NOV 2016.

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