Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight in Vanuatu
CDI’s long-running support for Deakin University’s Summer Residential Program for Public Accounts Committees continued in 2012, with our sponsorship allowing a delegation from the Vanuatu Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee to attend the February 2012 edition of the Program.
The Program is a one-week intensive training for members and staff from public accounts committees in developing countries. It provides an opportunity for participants to share experiences and discuss emerging issues. This year, they tookpart in a mock public hearing designed by the Parliamentary Leadership and Governance Group at Deakin University, drawing on concepts and materials developed by CDI.
The Vanuatu delegation included the Hon Ioanne Simon MP (Committee Chairman), Hon Dominique Morin MP and Hon Kitiso Teilemb MP (both members of the committee), John Path (the Auditor-General of Vanuatu) and Patricia Kalpokas (from the Parliament’s secretariat).
CDI Deputy Director Grant Harrison met with the delegation during the Program to discuss a program of continuing assistance for the Vanuatu Public Accounts Committee involving in-country training for members and staff, mentoring assistance in support of a committee hearing, and dialogue and networking events.
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