African PAC members committed to improve accountability
Members of Public Account Committees from Eastern, Southern and Western Africa are holding a five-day conference to discuss effective ways to enforce transparency and accountability in their countries.
According Rose Mukantabana, Speaker of Chamber of Deputies of Rwanda, the conference is an opportunity for all delegates to share experiences by learning from each other so that they can enhance their practices in putting into effect principles of accountability and transparency that are critical for any country’s development.
“We all know that accountability and transparency are key pillars of a sustainable democratic society,” she said. “It’s indeed our responsibility as Africans to address issues of development guided by these principles.”
The Speaker was officially opening the 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Eastern Africa Association of Public Accounts Committees (EAAPAC) and conference that also gathered their counterparts from Western Africa Association of Public Accounts Committees (WAAPAC) and Southern Africa Development Community Organization of Public Accounts Committees (SADCOPAC).
The meeting is themed “Building the foundation of an effective financial management system through transparency and accountability in the budget formulation and spending process.”
For Mukantabana, such interactions are of paramount to enhance their experience since parliaments have to play a key role to ensure that officials who are in charge of public fund management comply with legal provisions.
Henry Mussa, a delegate from Malawi insisted that their main focus will be put on the sake of sustainable mechanism to establish non-interference with executive officials so that the public fund can be adequately used in development activities of the citizens.
“We really hope to end up with a common understanding about best practices of accountability and transparency that will benefit our countries,” added Juvenal Nkusi, the Rwandan chairperson of PAC.
Kassiano Wadri, the Ugandan chairperson PAC, revealed the conference will also tackle corruption cases involved with cross border trade among EAC countries.