Published: Friday, 12 May 2017

Clerks from African National Parliaments gather to talk 'Governance'



11 May 2017, Johannesburg – The Pan African Parliament (PAP)’s Committee on Audit and Public Accounts (CAPA) and members of the African Organisation for Public Accounts Committees (AFROPAC) exchanged valuable lessons on African governance on Thursday.

Hon. Chief Charumbira, Chairman of CAPA; PAP’s newest of 11 permanent committees, gave an engaging lecture to some 20 public service commission Clerks from across the continent. The special learning session took place during the PAP’s 4th Ordinary Session in Midrand.

Senator Edward B. Dagoseh, Chairman of AFROPAC, expressed his eagerness to work with PAP on governance issues in the future, observing that the two bodies shared critical overlaps in accountability through legislative oversight.

“Africa is entering the age of transparency,” said Hon Charumbira. “Citizens are asking where the money is going. It is your responsibilities, as clerks, to show them”.

He flagged the importance of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and said it is crucial for auditing to be conducted in the context of a performance management framework.

Compliance was not enough, he said. “There is a perception by laymen that auditing begins and ends with money. However, a well-structured public accounts approach will include a performance audit linked to the money audit”.

Amid service delivery protests in South Africa, Hon Charumbira emphasised that reporting on money matters are evidently no longer sufficient to keep citizens happy. Money may have been accounted for and a department may be fraud-free, but was the money effectively used?

“It is not what we do that counts. It’s what gets done,” he said – a key message that aptly summarised the session’s main ideas.

Hon Charumbira gave Clerks useful pointers on how to compile audit reports. Keep the language simple, and make it readable, he advised. Although in the old school of education, people were taught to use “jawbreakers to sound intelligent,” he said MPs are far more likely to understand reports that are not riddled with financial jargon, and that have been clearly unpacked.

He also advised clerks not to use sensational and dramatised language, to avoid greyhound chases and to remain independent while playing an advisory role.

“The sign of a good clerk is someone who do not gossip in the corridor, but who remains objective and cherish integrity and confidentiality,” said Hon Charumbira. “Remember to praise loudly and criticise lowly”.

Following Hon Charumbira lecture, Advocate Galal Nassir, Head of Committees, familiarised the Clerks with the work of PAP, urging them to speed up the ratification process of PAP’s legislative powers in their National Parliaments.

The Clerks were in South Africa to attend a three-day training session on Strategic Communication and Networking, organised by AFROPAC’s development partner, GIZ.

Ms Kristina Mueller-Kuckelberg, Technical Adviser of Legal Oversight at GIZ in South Africa, said the PAP shared many common grounds with AFROPAC and that the session was a “fantastic completion” of the capacity building workshop with AFROPAC members.

Senator Dagoseh commended the CAPA committee Chair for his words of wisdom and thanked him for an insightful session.

The forum expressed an interest to meet more regularly as well as a need for sustained training.

 

 

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PAP Announces Its Dedication To Human Ri…

The PAP Announces Its Dedication To Human Rights, Democracy And The ‘Rule of Law’ As Chair Of The AGA.      On Monday 9 May, H.E. Hon Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Fourth Vice...

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EU Parliament Declares Technical Support…

European Parliament Declares Technical Support to PAP On 6 May 2016, Co-Chairs Hon, Michael Gahler, leader of the European Parliamentary Delegation and H.E. Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang, President of the...

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PAP Reports on the State of Security in …

PAN-AFRICAN PARLIAMENT REPORTS ON THE STATE OF SECURITY IN BURUNDI 6 MAY 2016, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – The political situation in Burundi remains fragile and requires continuous and objective examination...

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UN Seeks Alliance With PAP To Address Fo…

UN Seeks Alliance With PAP To Address Food Security 5 May 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa – The number of undernourished people in Africa continues to increase with an estimated 217 million...

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EU Delegates Meets With The PAP To Discu…

The EU Delegation meets with the PAP to discuss the progress of the Joint Africa-Europe Strategy.   Parallel to parliamentary proceedings on Thursday 7 May, the President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP)...

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PAP MP's Discuss Key Activities During P…

PAP MP's Discuss Key Activities During PAP Session   4 May 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa – The Chamber of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) was rife with commentary when 29 African...

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Africa could add 12% to its GDP by 2025 …

Africa could add 12% to its GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality “Advancing gender parity in Africa presents a simple yet significant solution towards the continent reaching the goals of...

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African Parliamentarians Emphasise The V…

African Parliamentarians Emphasis The Value Of Education And Human Rights During The 4th Parliament Opening Johannesburg, South Africa – The role of education and human rights received priority during the opening of...

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Former President of Mozambique and Vice …

Former President of Mozambique and Vice President of Sierra Leone address delegates at the opening of the Second Ordinary Session of the Fourth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand...

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New MP's of the PAP receive orientation

New members of the Pan-African Parliament receive orientation in Midrand, South Africa. On Saturday, 30 April 2016, new members of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) attended an orientation meeting at the Gallagher...

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PAP calls on African ambassadors to acce…

Pan-African Parliament calls on African ambassadors to accelerate the ratification of its legislative power  Johannesburg, South Africa – The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) held a preliminary briefing with African ambassadors in Midrand...

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African Ambassadors gather in Midrand

African Ambassadors gather in Midrand, South Africa ahead of the second ordinary session of the Fourth Pan-African Parliament. 28 April, Midrand, South Africa. Ambassadors representing the African continent gathered at the...

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PAP Best Wishes Ceremony for 2016

PAP Best Wishes Ceremony for 2016 The Pan African Parliament held a best wishes ceremony on the 4th of March 2016 in Midrand, South Africa to wish the President, members of...

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Committees Sittings - PAP Parliamentaria…

Committees Sittings - PAP Parliamentarians debate on Peace and Security in Africa The Pan African Parliament’s committee on Cooperation, International Relations and Conflict Resolution conducted a presentation and debate on the...

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Ambassadors meeting

 Ambassadors meeting The Pan African Parliament’s President Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang held a meeting with the African ambassadors to South Africa on the 2nd of March 2016 during the Committee sessions...

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PAP Committee members emphasize women’s …

 PAP Committee members emphasize women’s rights and access to land   The Rural Economy, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Committee of the Pan-African Parliament organized a joint workshop with the committees on...

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PAP Committee discuss land solutions for…

PAP Committee discuss land solutions for housing in Africa         The Permanent committee on Rural Economy, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment held a workshop on the 29th of February 2016 during the...

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High Level E-Governance Workshop at PAP …

  High Level E-Governance Workshop at PAP Committee Sittings    The Transport, Industry, Communication, Energy, Science and Technology Committee of the Pan-African Parliament organized an E-Governance workshop on the 1st and 2nd March...

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MEETING OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE SOU…

 MEETING OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY SUPPORT TRUST (SAPST)  During its sitting in October 2015, the Committee on Trade, Customs and Immigration of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) agreed...

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PAP President Nkodo Dang meets Egyptian …

PAP President Nkodo Dang meets Egyptian President El Sisi in Cairo   The PAP President Roger Nkodo Dang, heading a high level delegation to Cairo, Egypt on the 24th February 2016, met...

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PAP President Nkodo Dang’s official invi…

 PAP President Nkodo Dang’s official invitation to Malawi President Peter Mutharika   Pan African Parliament (PAP) President Roger Nkodo Dang and his delegation met with the Malawi High Level Delegation during the...

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PAP President Nkodo Dang condemns Burkin…

PAP President Nkodo Dang condemns Burkina Faso attacks  The Pan-African Parliament President, Roger Nkodo Dang issued the following statement strongly condemning the terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso that killed more...

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President Nkodo Dang and his delegation…

  President Nkodo Dang and his delegation at the 26th African Union Summit   A Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Delegation led by President Nkodo Dang travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 26th...

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President Nkodo Dang calls for increased…

PAP President delivering a historic and emotional speech at the French National Assembly

Pan-African Parliament President Roger Nkodo Dang addressed the French National Assembly on Tuesday 3rd November 2015, with an urgent call to action in support of Africa’s electrification, ahead of the...

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Historic handshake between FNA President…

Historic handshake between FNA President, Claude Bartolone and PAP President, Roger Nkodo Dang

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PAP MPs at the French National Assembly

  A delegation of PAP Parliamentarians in front of the French National Assembly. They accompanied and gave support to the PAP President’s call for Africa' s electrification programme.

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Jean Louis Borloo invites PAP President

 Jean Louis Borloo, former French minister and president of ‘Energies pour L’Afrique’ invites PAP President Roger Nkodo Dang to address the Conseil Economique, Social et Environmental

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PAP President with Jean-Paul Delevoye, P…

 Jean-Paul Delevoye, President of France’s ‘Conseil Economique, Social et Environmental’ welcomes the PAP President and his delegation.

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PAP President giving a Speech at the Lum…

  PAP President, Roger Nkodo Dang making a speech at the ‘Lumieres D’Afrique’ Exposition in front of high profile dignitaries including French Interior Minister Bernard Caseneuve.    

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AU member States urged to ratify new PAP…

On the last day of the sixth session, the PAP has highlighted the urgent need for the signing and ratification of the Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African...

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Conflict and Violence Rife in Africa in …

The Pan African Parliament considered the report of the council for Peace and Security noted that recurrent scourge of terrorism, violent extremism, transnational criminality and human trafficking where raised. In...

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AUC Chair at Inter Generational Youth Co…

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Her Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma addressed the Intergenerational Youth Conference on the African Union Vision – Vision 2063 and highlighted the role of...

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THE PAN AFRICAN PARLIAMENT CELEBRATES AF…

The Pan African Parliament celebrated Africa Day with H.E. Bethel Amadi highlighting the common struggles for the women of Africa in their quest for liberation. Although Africa is free from...

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ILLICIT FINACIAL FLOWS FROM AFRICA CRIPP…

H.E President Thabo Mbeki former President of South Africa presented the report of the African Union High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa. At least US$50 billion from...

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President Kenyatta’s Dream is United and…

President Uhuru Kenyatta  opened  the 6th Session of the Third Parliament of the Pan African Parliament in Midrand- South Africa on the 18th May 2015 and shared his dream of...

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PAP hosts Intergenerational Dialogue

On the 22nd of May 2015, the Pan African Parliament hosted an Intergenerational Dialogue conference at its seat in Midrand in South Africa. It brought together young people and leaders from all over Africa...

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PAP has a new Deputy Clerk for Finance, …

The PAP has recruited Mr. Yusupha Jobe as the new deputy clerk in charge of finance, administration and human resource (DC-FAHR).  Mr. Jobe brings into the PAP extensive experience acquired working...

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H.E. Roger Nkodo Dang elected as new PAP…

H.E. Roger Nkodo Dang, M.P.  has been elected the new president of the Pan African Parliament. He is a member of parliament from Cameroon and represents the Central Africa Region. He...

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H.E. Bethel Amadi presides over 6th sess…

The immediate former President of Pan-African Parliament, H.E Hon. Bethel N. Amadi, presided over his last session as President of the Pan African Parliament. The May 2015 session was the 6th...

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PAP members carry out election of new Bu…

The Pan African Parliament carried elections for a new bureau to take over management of the PAP on Wednesday, the 27th of May 2015. The elections were held at the PAP...

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Bilateral meeting between PAP and PACE …

During his visit to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to attend its 3rd Ordinary Session in Strasbourg, the President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Hon. Bethel...

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