Monday 13th May, 2013
THE FINANCE AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ATTENDS THE SADCOPAC AND EAAPAC GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING AND JOINT ACCOUNTABILITY CONFERENCE IN KAMPALA, UGANDA
A delegation from the Finance and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC) of National Assembly of Seychelles attended the ‘Governing Council Meeting and Joint Accountability Conference organized by the Southern Africa Development Community Organization for Public Accounts Committee (SADCOPAC) and the Eastern Africa Association of Public Accounts Committees (EAAPAC)’ held from the 4th to the 8th May, 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. The conference was organized in collaboration with the World Bank Institute and the German Development Service – GIZ, as one of the SADCOPAC and EAAPAC activities being part of the four-year programme agreed upon with GIZ and the World Bank Institute.
The aim of the conference was to empower the Members of the Committee on how to effectively carry out their function of oversight over public sector finances as well as promoting good governance in the region.
This conference allowed the 16 member countries, that is, Tanzania, Zambia, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia and South Africa to name a few, to share the experiences and performance of the Public Account Committees in their respective countries. It further allowed these countries to set up a network community amongst themselves in order to learn valuable aspects of each of the committees.
The key topics highlighted at the conference were related to procurement oversight, performance audits by the Auditor General, production of the Public Accounts Committee reports and enforcement mechanisms of committee recommendations.
The Seychelles delegation was headed by the Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. David Pierre who was accompanied by Hon. Marc Volcere, a Member of the Committee and Ms. Angelic Appoo, the Advisor/Secretary to the Committee.
During the conference, Hon. Pierre had the opportunity to deliver a presentation on the accountability and transparency issues encountered by the Committee and the performance of the Committee in dealing with those particular issues. The Members of the delegation felt that this conference was a very educational experience where they have obtained the required knowledge and skills to effectively deliberate on FPAC’s role as the oversight committee on behalf of the people. The delegation recommends that Seychelles should as much as possible be represented at all the SADCOPAC events.
Subsequent to the Joint Accountability Conference, Ms. Appoo also attended a two-day training dedicated to the Public Accounts Committee Clerks/Secretaries held on the 9th to the 10th May, 2013 in Kampala, Uganda.