Efforts to curb illicit financial flows intensified by PAP and partners

The Pan African Parliament's committees on Audit and Public Accounts as well as Monetary and Financial Affairs have been capacitated to better hold national governments accountable through auditing. The training took place during the August Sitting of the Permanent Committees.

In his keynote address, the fourth Vice-President of the Pan-African Parliament, Hon Chief Fortune CHARUMBIRA said the skills development program came at an opportune time for the Members of Parliament.

"I believe there cannot be accountability without effective communication between supreme audit institutions (SAIS) of Parliament oversight organs such as Committees," said Hon. Charumbira.

The deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Audit and Public Accounts (CAPA) welcomed the program saying it would empower MPs to effectively monitor progress, strengthen accountability and transparency in governments.

"It is critically important that the Supreme Audit institutions be taken on board as they are expected to lead by example and monitor progress of achievements towards the objectives set out in both Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063. We need to look at trends that will continue to shape the future of inclusive growth around the globe in the coming years."

African Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI) representative Joshua ASIIMWE, who conducted the training, emphasised the need for legislatures to pass laws and policies that enhance public finance management and the ability of parliaments to approve government programs and financial budgets before they are executed. He added that government's role is to demonstrate wise usage of resources.

Parliamentarians have been tasked to identify and deal with enablers of illicit financial flows. Reducing illicit financial flows is now a component of Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063.