PAC gets advice on how to keep eye on public cash

| 08/01/2019 | 12 Comments
Cayman News Service

Public Accounts Committee in session

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is enjoying some expert advice this week and next with a visit by Jonathan King, who is Deputy Clerk and Clerk of the Economic Policy Review Committee of Tynwald as well as Clerk of the Legislative Council on the Isle of Man. King will be reviewing and working with the PAC clerk, other staff and members here to help them strengthen the committee’s important work. In a release about the ten-day visit, officials said King will cover issues such as the scrutiny of how public money has been spent, value for money and holding the government to account on the delivery of policies.

The attachment will provide bespoke face-to-face assistance in the preparation of inquiry planning, public reporting and communications, with the aim of strengthening the capacity of the committee. King is also expected to observe one of the first public hearings of the New Year next week, when PAC will be examining the latest reports from the Office of the Auditor General.

“With many years experience as a clerk, I hope that through the attachment I will be able to provide some relevant insight and support to the Cayman Islands PAC,” King said. “Hopefully, this will also allow for long term communication between Cayman Islands and the Isle of Man.”

Support to the Cayman Islands PAC will continue in March, when the PAC Chair Ezzard Miller and the clerk will attend the UKOTP Oversight of Public Finances Forum in Miami. The forum will explore progress in the British Overseas Territories to date, address some of the common challenges faced by PACs, Internal and External Audit agencies, and look ahead to future opportunities for further development around public financial oversight.

The training is free and part of the UK Overseas Territories Project (UKOTP), a three-year project on public financial oversight delivered in partnership by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK), the UK National Audit Office (NAO) and the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA).

The project has organised previous clerk attachments to PACs in Anguilla, Montserrat, St Helena and the Turks and Caicos Islands, drawing on expertise from the legislative bodies of Northern Ireland, Wales and Jersey, officials said.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    P. Politicians

    A. Against

    C. Caymanians.

    If you don’t believe me just listen to any of their hearings. Caymanians are bullied and treated awful. No attempt at constructive dialogue

    • Anonymous says:

      That is because you allow them. They are your servants. Not the other way around.

      • Anonymous says:

        Allow them to what do their jobs?

        The PAC isn’t meant to be chummy with the civil service or government benches

        You didn’t elect a best friend in 2017 you elected 19 representatives who are meant to fulfill specific roles in the legislature

    • Anonymous says:

      The PAC doesn’t exist to stroke your ego or compliment you or any other Caymanians

      They are mean to hold the government to account
      They are meant to ask the questions you don’t want to be asked

      But here they are congratulating the government on their accounts improvements

      Guess that doesnt go with your narrative

      Probably because you pulled your narrative out of your ass

      What next are you going to criticize the opposition for being critical of the government?
      Or asking questions to our Caymanian ministers?

      People like you just don’t respect democracy

  2. Anonymous says:

    Um, and this guy is an expert how? Maybe he is but there is no evidence of it in the article. Is he paying his own way and if not how much is it costing Cayman?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Next weeks lesson: how to get your hands on the Public cash 101.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I thought PAC was dead.

  5. Bertie : B says:

    Seems their is always more than one eye on public cash !

  6. Say it like it is says:

    I’m sure the representatives from Jersey, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man will all be sporting sun tans touring the Caribbean in the winter, I suppose Guernsey and Scotland will soon follow.

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