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Shaw wants research support for legislators
2013-09-12 13:48:46 | (0 Comments)
Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Audley Shaw, believes the government needs to provide parliamentarians with greater research support as they seek to effectively fulfill their duties.
His comments follow a World Bank report which recommends, among other things, that members of parliament be trained in fiscal matters and oversight frameworks.
The World Bank study reviewed the structure and capacity of the Parliament to undertake its constitutional role with regard to the oversight of the nationís public finances.
In responding to the report, Shaw noted that the issue of capacity building for parliamentarians has been a long-standing issue which needs to be addressed.
He added that committees like the one he chairs have a lot of in-depth work to do thatís being hindered by a lack of research material.
According to Shaw, members of the PAC have been engaging in discussions with the Canadian Parliament on the issue of training and exchange visits.
But he says the government must also play a role in capacity building of public finance oversight committees.
He says stronger research support would also provide members with more information which would enable them to ask more relevant questions and probe more deeply into issues.
The PAC chairman says more research support would also facilitate better follow-up systems to ensure solutions to issues are implemented on a timely basis.
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