Promoting tax transparency, preventing tax avoidance and examining government’s spending of public money will be the key areas the Public Accounts Committee (‘PAC’) Members will be discussing at a four-day Commonwealth workshop in London from Monday, 4 December 2017.
Chairperson Hon. Ashneel Sudhakar and Opposition Member Hon. Aseri Radrodro will be part of the 2017 Westminster Workshop for PACs that will bring together over 60 chairs, members and clerks of PACs from across the Commonwealth to offer practical, interactive sessions in the Houses of Parliament.
The skills-based workshop, which is organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (‘CPA UK’), is aimed at further building the knowledge and capacity and will include a Tax Transparency Workshop by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (‘OECD’).
The final day will be dedicated to the 1st Annual Conference of the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (‘CAPAC’), a committee designed to strengthen good governance.
Chairperson of the UK Public Accounts Committee, Meg Hillier said the 2017 Westminster Workshop provides a unique opportunity for public accounts committees to discuss common challenges and experiences.
“I am pleased to see so many commonwealth PACs working together to strengthen and improve their Committee so taxpayers get the best value for money of public spending.”
Deputy Director of the OECD, Grace Perez-Navarro said good governance requires a good use of public money which is why I am pleased to be a part of the 2017 Westminster Workshop on Public Accounts Committees.
The workshop follows on from a series of recent programmes to strengthen PACs in Commonwealth countries including Ghana and Montserrat who will also have representatives at the workshop.
After the agreement of the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda, parliamentarians and policymakers nationally and internationally have become increasingly focused on strengthening tax policies and frameworks as a key means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
CPA UK has supported the establishment of the association throughout its initial formation period and has run the CAPAC Coordinating Unit (‘CCU’) until January 2016. Currently, the CCU is hosted by the Parliament of Malta.