PAC members attend London symposium

Bernie Bush, back row, third from left, and Austin Harris, back row, fourth from right, attend the Public Accounts Committees symposium in London last week.

Public Accounts Committee members Bernie Bush and Austin Harris attended a symposium in London last week that addressed tackling corruption in public spending and identifying wasteful spending.

Delegates from Commonwealth countries and British Overseas Territories attended the four-day 6th Annual Public Accounts Committees Symposium and Workshop, which was held from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18.

According to a Cayman Islands government press release, the symposium also covered how Public Accounts Committees should handle “oral evidence, procedural analysis and methodologies for drawing conclusions, communications strategies, understanding witness perspectives, and sifting the relevant information from large volume accounts.”

“As the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once stated, the government has no money; it’s the people’s money,” said Mr. Harris in the press release. “It is therefore imperative that we spend the public’s money as prudently as possible and ensure that the people of the Cayman Islands are receiving the greatest value for their money.”

During the symposium, Mr. Bush and Mr. Harris met with leading practitioners in the public accounts field, the release stated.

Mr. Harris said the symposium was “extremely beneficial in helping us understand the ways in which to implement best practices for government spending. PAC must hold all government entities accountable, and compliant with the highest of standards to safeguard the public purse.”

Delegates from Kenya, Ghana, the Solomon Islands, Australia, Tonga and the United Kingdom also attended the symposium, which was hosted by the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies.