The West African Association of Public Accounts Committees held their weeklong 3rd Annual General Meeting and Conference in Monrovia under the theme “Curbing Corruption and Promoting Transparency in Public Financial Management – The Role of Public Accounts Committees from April 29 to May 4, 2012 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, Monrovia.
The 3rd Annual General Meeting and Conference which brought together Public Accounts Committees Members and Auditors General from the sixteen West African Countries and other parts of Africa was graced by Liberia’s Vice President Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai.
At the end of the conference, PACs and SAIs members adopted resolutions to help strengthen the fight against CORRUPTION and to promote transparency and accountability in the sub-region. Liberia’s PAC Chairman, Senator Edward B. Dagoseh was elected as Chairman of WAAPAC for the next term, along with other Executive Committee Members.
Below are resolutions adopted by them
3rd WAAPAC CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS
ACKNOWLEDGINGthat corruption undermines economic development, violates social justice and poses a threat to democracy;
AND RECOGNISINGthe important role that PACs and SAIs play in the fight against corruption and the promotion of transparency in Public Financial Management;
Participants present at the 3rd WAAPAC Annual Conference held in Monrovia, Liberia at the Samuel Kanyon Doe (S.K.D) Sports Complex from the 29th of April to 4th May 2012 hereby RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
1. Parliaments of Member countries who do not have autonomous SAIs, should enact appropriate Legislation to provide for the establishment of independent and autonomous SAI’s.
2. PACs must fight for the continued independence of SAI’s to include their financial independence as this guarantees the reliability and credibility of information PACs deal with.
3. Parliament of Member countries should continue to strengthen and empower their PAC’s to enhance oversight of Public Financial Management.
4. PACs must strengthen their relationship with SAIs and the Civil Society in the furtherance of the goals of transparency, accountability and good governance.
5. SAIs should produce user friendly and easy to read Reports and such Reports must be expeditiously presented to Parliament.
6. PACs must positively engage Parliamentary Leadership to ensure that their Reports are debated upon and given priority at Plenary.
7. PACs must adopt Public Hearings to reinforce PACs role in promoting accountability, transparency and good governance. Recommendations contained in PAC Report must also be published and communicated to MDAs and general public.
8. PACs should collaborate with SAIs and the Civil Society to ensure follow-ups on the recommendations of PACs.
9. WAAPAC should deepen relationships and explore ways of enhancing cooperation with the ECOWAS Parliament for greater visibility and political support.
10. PACs should engage donor partners for assistance with capacity building initiatives for PAC Members and PAC Secretariats.
11. WAAPAC should initiate steps to continuously interact with the sister organizations of SADCOPAC, EAPAC, APAC etc towards the creation of AFROPAC in a foreseeable future.