The Choiseul Provincial Government has just had a two-week orientation for the newly elected Members of the Provincial Assembly and Heads of Division.
The orientation program was facilitated by the Finance and Provincial Governance Strengthening Program (PGSP) Divisions of the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institution Strengthening.
The two- week intensive program aimed at helping the MPA’s understand their roles, understand the revised Financial Management Ordinance, Financial Instruction, Participatory Planning Framework, Public Expenditure Management and Public Accounts Committee procedures.
Most of the Members of the Choiseul Provincial Assembly are new. They found the orientation training very informative and relevant for them. After the training most members indicated that they now have a clear picture of what to expect from the administration in addition not understanding their own responsibilities. As the Financial Management Ordinance clearly spells out the work of what is expected from the administration.
The workshop participants were informed that the final version of the Financial Management Ordinance and the Financial Instructions are currently being redrafted vetted by the Attorney General’s Chambers will be made available to each Provincial Government once it is ready, so that they can table it in the assembly and submit it to the Prime Minister’s Office for gazetting
At the end of the training an Action Plan for Choiseul Province was made to help the Choiseul Provincial Government as it makes it plans into the future. The two weeks orientation training was closed with a function hosted by the Under-secretary of the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening.
The closing function was funded by Nesto Giro, the Minister for MPGIS who could not make it to Taro for the occasion but was represented by the Under Secretary Operations. The two-week training was followed by an induction programme organised by governance division of MPGIS who dealt with the PGA 1997 and the MPA entitlement. The Office of Auditor General also held two day workshop funded by their office as part of the orientation of MPAs and to share information of the draft audit bill.
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