Speaker of the House of Keys elected CAPAC Treasurer

The Speaker of the House of Keys, Juan Watterson SHK, has been elected treasurer of the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC). Among CAPAC’s key functions is ‘to assist CAPAC member committees in being effective, transparent and independent.’ 

Mr Watterson has served on Tynwald’s public accounts committee for a total of nine years and has been chairman for the last four.  He represented the Isle of Man at the CAPAC general meeting and conference held virtually on Wednesday March 17, when he was joined by more than 50 participants from 26 different jurisdictions.

Following ratification of 12 new member committees, bringing the total membership to 52 PACs, four CAPAC executive committee members, retiring at the end of their term, and two casual vacancies were filled by six new members from Barbados, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Maldives, Rwanda, who joined continuing members from Australia, Canada, Fiji, United Kingdom and Zambia. 

Vacancies on the executive committee for vice-chairman and treasurer were filled by Mohamed Nashiz MP, (Maldives PAC chairman) and Mr Watterson respectively. They join chairman, Meg Hillier MP, (UK PAC chairman) as CAPAC executive committee officers.

Mr Watterson said: ‘I was honoured to be elected treasurer of CAPAC which, since its foundation in 2015, has grown in membership and influence and is committed to supporting the CPA’s mission to strengthen public financial oversight, accountability and transparency across Commonwealth member nations. These are principles dear to me and my colleagues on Tynwald’s PAC, as we tackle with big issues from health spending to procurement as well as the handling of the pandemic.

‘It is an exciting time to be a PAC chair and involved in CAPAC, especially in the Isle of Man as we look forward to appointing our first Auditor-General this year. The conference attracted strong representation and provided a valuable opportunity to share experiences, begin identifying how best to develop CAPAC’s function and reach and set its future direction.’

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