Falkland Islands to host international parliamentarians and officials for workshop to support Public Accounts Committee

A delegation of international parliamentarians and clerks will participate in a workshop in Falkland Islands from 11-13 June 2019 on parliamentary oversight of public funds. The workshop, which has been organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) in partnership with the Falklands Legislative Assembly, is one of a series of activities that makes up the UK Overseas Territories Project. The Workshop will bring together Parliamentarians and Clerks from the Falklands Legislative Assembly, the Jersey States of Assembly and Tynwald in the Isle of Man.

The Falkland Islands Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chair, Dr Andrea Clausen, highlighted an opportunity to support the PAC in developing its role in providing public financial scrutiny. PACs are a crucial aspect of public life in giving accountability for how taxpayer’s money is spent and Members of PACs are uniquely placed to represent their constituents and ensure they are getting value for money. 

Speaking ahead of the Workshop, Dr Andrea Clausen stated: 

“The Falkland Islands PAC is becoming increasingly active and this workshop is an opportunity for us, as members of the PAC, to explore how we can best perform our duties and expose a wider cross section of society to the functions and remit of the Committee. 

“Through the workshop we hope to increase our capacity to provide sound governance and oversight for the people of the Falkland Islands.” 

The multi-stakeholder workshop will seek to strengthen the knowledge and experience of the PAC through a series of interactive sessions that will include PAC inquiries, the relationship with civil society, effective report processes and communicating findings with the public. It will be a unique opportunity for the Falklands PAC to gain insight on how PACs conduct their business in other parts of the world, as well as to share their own knowledge and experience in scrutinising public spending. 

CPA UK has partnered with a number of UK Overseas Territories to enhance the capacity of PACs and share knowledge. Through workshops, clerk attachments, and study visits to Westminster, Scotland and Wales, CPA UK has engaged with PACs in Montserrat, Bermuda, Anguilla, St Helena, Turks & Caicos and Cayman Islands.