Author: Jeevan A. Robinson - MNI media | Date: 21 January 2020
Montserrat's Leader of the Opposition and Head of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Hon Paul J. Lewis, along with Parliamentary Secretary, Hon Veronica Dorsette-Hector are both presently in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, attending the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC) Regional Workshop Series.
The workshop begins today, Tuesday, January 21st and ends on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020.
Both Hon Lewis and Hon Dorsette-Hector are representing Montserrat at the workshop, which is also jointly hosted by the CPA UK in partnership with the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop will feature attendees to include Chairs, Members and Clerks of Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees (or equivalent Committees) from across the Caribbean.
According to Jon Davies, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, the workshop will provide; "a valuable opportunity to work together on shared challenges and opportunities.'
CEO Davies also stated; "We have much we can learn from each other. The Workshop will require delegates to work collaboratively on themes such as communication, consensus and relationship-building, and to participate in practical and interactive exercises to put learning into practice. It will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the challenges PACs in the region face, and the ways these are being met by colleagues."
The Montserrat delegates will be better served from this workshop as it forms part of a wider PAC project delivered by CPA UK as part of the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D), and follows on from the CAPAC Pacific Workshop held in Fiji in February 2019, and CAPAC Asia Workshop held in Malaysia, in August 2019.
Some of the outputs and key deliverables from the workshop for both Hon Lewis and Hon Dorsette-Hector will include:
Public Accounts Committees (PACs) in the Caribbean are more effective in their remit to scrutinise the value for money of public expenditure and hold their governments to account for the delivery of public services, and there is stronger regional cooperation.
1. PAC Chairs, Members, and Clerks will have enhanced technical skills and improved capacity to scrutinise and hold government to account
2. Participants will have strengthened their networks and built further contacts in the region
3. The CAPAC online portal will reflect the needs of Caribbean PACs and have the relevant resources available
1. A full workshop report to be distributed to all delegates
2. Further materials for the CAPAC Online Portal
3. Validation of the 1st phase of the biennial PAC survey