[Regional] Training Seminar for Pacific Public Accounts Committees
Strengthening the functioning of Public Accounts Committees (PAC) is essential for Pacific Parliaments to effectively scrutinize public finances.

The role of PACs in most Pacific countries covers two key aspects of the budget cycle – firstly, scrutinizing the proposed national budget, and secondly, providing oversight of the application of the budget and oversight of public expenditure.

Such committees are however subject to the same constraints as that of Parliaments themselves, that is in many cases, the lack of capacity and expertise to perform their role fully.

A two-day capacity building seminar for PAC members from the Parliaments of Cook Islands, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Samoa with the aim of building the capacity of the committee leadership and their support staff is currently underway in Wellington, New Zealand.
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