The Good Financial Governance in Africa programme promotes transparency and accountability in public financial management and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU). Its objective is to foster Good Financial Governance in Africa, more specifically to equip decision-makers in African public finance to use region-specific services, products and further education to improve financial governance.
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The African Organization of Public Account Committees (AFROPAC) has a new vision for its strategic plan. This is the result of a workshop in Malawi, from 29th January 2018 to 3rd February 2018 with chairpersons and members of parliament from Public Account Committees as well as their clerks from 11 African Countries, namely: Rwanda, Uganda, Togo, Swaziland, Sudan, Ghana, Tanzania, Namibia, Liberia, Kenya and Malawi. All these countries worked jointly for three days on making AFROPAC a continental organization with a clear vision, mission and core values. The workshop was held for three days back to back with a meeting of the Executive Committee in Lilongwe and was hosted by the Parliament of Malawi.
The aim of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for the Chairpersons of Eastern Africa Association of Public Accounts Committees (EAAPAC), West Africa Association of Public Accounts Committees (WAAPAC) and Southern Africa Development Community Organisation of Public Accounts Committees (SADCOPAC) and other regional representatives to meet with AFROPAC Executive Committee members and learn more about the objectives of the organisation. It was of crucial importance for AFROPAC to sharpen its work profile together with these regional networks to create One Voice for parliamentary accountability oversight. While regional PAC-networks will be assisted by AFROPAC to enable and capacitate the accountability committees better, it is at the same time an opportunity for parliamentarians to reach out to other stakeholders sharing and supporting their objectives of increasing accountability and transparency. AFROPAC has therefore committed itself to regular consultations with Pan-African networks of tax administration and audit institutions and keeps close exchange with the accountability committee of the Pan African Parliament.
The workshop also provided an opportunity for all participants to engage on the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals as a point of reference for AFROPAC’s work. AFROPAC as a continental body was founded in 2013 and gained special momentum at its GM 2016 in Nairobi when it committed itself to unify the work of Public Accounts Committees and similar committees across African regions and jointly fight for accountability. A special focus of AFROPAC is currently on combatting Illicit Financial Flows by calling for systemic change and better legislation.