Bootcamp MENA: Strengthening the Role of Parliament in Financial Scrutiny MENA Regional Annual Seminar
DATE: April 14, 2015
TIME: 12:15 pm
Mona El-Chami, Lida Bteddini, Miriam Bensky
The MNA Regional Annual Seminar on “Strengthening the Role of Parliament in Financial Scrutiny” was organized by the Public Resources Mobilization & Management team and the Parliament Strengthening Program at the World Bank Governance Global Practice in Beirut, Lebanon in April 2015. Hosted by the Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies and supported by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), the seminar brought together Members of Parliament from Finance and Budget Committees, Public Accounts Committees, Committee Staff, and SAIs from Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq and Lebanon. The objective of the seminar was to provide a forum for parliaments in the region to exchange experience and knowledge on how they scrutinize the budget and exercise their external audit function, in particular: (i) gaining a better understanding of global research and international good practice on the role of parliament in oversight of the national budget; (ii) Enhancing their awareness as to the different tools and processes parliamentarians can use in budget scrutiny, including access to data, relationship with the SAI, and citizen engagement tools; (iii) Strengthening the capacity of parliamentary staff to undertake their administrative and technical responsibilities; and (iv) Developing country-level action plans aimed at translating regional and global knowledge into country-level action points. The seminar benefited from presentations and interventions from different regions and countries including Europe, South Africa, Canada, UK, and Nigerian.