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Parliamentarians to be schooled in accountability, transparency

Published:Monday | June 1, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Michael Peart

The Houses of Parliament will this week host an international conference aimed at strengthening the capacity of parliaments to carry out their oversight of public expenditure. The conference will be held from June 2-4 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston and is being hosted in collaboration with the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, ParlAmericas, Inter-American Development Bank.

Participants will include parliamentarians, experts on legislative oversight issues, Supreme Audit Institutions and professional accountancy bodies from Jamaica and overseas.

weak oversight

"This conference is very important for parliamentarians because what it will do is enhance the capacity of Parliament to oversee the operations of the Government. As you know Parliament carries out three functions: legislation, representation and oversight and we are very weak in the oversight department because of a lack of facilities, lack of resources. So this conference comes at the right time when we are looking at improving our ability to function as a Parliament," Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Peart said.

The conference aims to strengthen the legislative oversight function of parliaments in order to "foster accountability, transparency, and sustainable development".

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will address the conference tomorrow night.