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Monday, May 19, 2008

Legislatures needed to ensure Good Government Financial Management

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Ivor Beasley of the World Bank says that legislatures need to effectively monitor the government to improve accountability. The legislative systems differ among countries, according to Mr. Beasley. Strong public accounts, audit and budget committees are needed to improve public financial management.

The case of Ghana was described by Marilyn Aniwa, the In-Country Coordinator of the Parliamentary Center and two Members of Parliament, the Honorable Paul Collins Appiah-Ofori and the Honorable Samuel Sallas-Mensah. The introduction of live public meetings in 2007 has shown the people of Ghana that the the government can be held accountable by the legislature.

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