Accountability Watch

Year-end bonuses, salary increases and the need to activate the parliamentary committees

Our objective is not only not to have more exploitation of new oil and gas resources (but also] to make sure that a meaningful part of oil and gas already discov- ered stays below the surface.                          UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres World leaders recently held a virtual summit to mark the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which aims at ‘[h]olding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels’.

Lessons from Jamaica’s Integrity Commission

Last week, it was reported that the UK Government, through the Department for International Development, is providing Jamaica’s Integrity Commission with approximately £550,000 for institutional strengthening in the following key areas: (i) development of an electronic system for filing of declarations with the Commission; (ii) drafting of Regulations to support the Integrity Commission Act; (iii) crafting of a corruption risk assessment; and (iv) development of a national anti-corruption strategy.

Some thoughts for the newly appointed Public Accounts Committee

The essential fact is this Committee is a Committee of the House responsible to the House as a whole, and is not a battleground for party faction…I believe it is true to say that the authority of the Committee is greatly enhanced by its unanimous character and I hope the complete objectivity of its report.

2018 Auditor General’s Report

On 30 September 2019, the Auditor General presented to the Speaker of the National Assembly his report on the audit of the public accounts for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2018.

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