Part of three year CPA project
Tynwald Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member Michael Coleman MLC and its clerk, Joann Corkish, have returned from Montserrat after participating in a workshop to identify measures that will strengthen the effectiveness of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly’s PAC operation and heighten the committee’s visibility.
Head of the delegation Mr Coleman and Mrs Corkish joined representatives from the Scottish Parliament and Parliament of Jamaica for the workshop, organised in tandem with, and wholly funded by, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) UK and part of a three-year UK Overseas Territories Project to develop good practice in public financial oversight.
Mr Coleman said: ‘The workshop was set against the recognition that the Montserrat PAC is currently in very “low gear”, and our input and that of all our fellow delegates was extremely well received.
He added the workshop had also brought together representatives from the Government of Montserrat, civil society organisations and the local media and that he and Mrs Corkish were among delegates who took part in an hour-long press briefing.