Fifth Overseas Territories Forum on Oversight of Public Finances and Good Governance
Westminster, 29 November - 1 December 2022
Parliamentarians, clerks, electoral officials, and external and internal auditors from across the UK Overseas Territories travelled to Westminster to attend the fifth Overseas Territories Forum. The Forum was delivered by CPA UK, in collaboration with the National Audit Office, and the Government Internal Audit Agency. Over the three days, the Forum offered the opportunity for delegates to discuss and share knowledge through panel discussions, presentations, workshops, and meetings.
To read the Fifth Overseas Territories Forum Report, click here.
Fourth Overseas Territories Forum on Oversight of Public Finances and Good Governance
Virtual, 30 November - 2 December 2021
Key actors from the UK and the Overseas Territories met virtually from 30 November to 2 December for the Oversight of Public Finance and Good Governance Forum 2021. This was the fourth programme of its kind, designed to bring together key stakeholders from across the Overseas Territories, including Speakers, Members, and Clerks from Legislatures, as well as Internal and External Auditors and Electoral Officials, to explore issues relating to good governance and oversight of public finances.
Clerk Leadership Group
Virtual, April 2021 to present
The Clerk Leadership Group was launched in April 2021 and is a network designed to provide a forum for clerks from across the Overseas Territories to share their knowledge, expertise, and best practices on parliamentary clerk services with one another. The Clerk Leadership Groups meets at least once a quarter.
Third Overseas Territories Forum on Oversight of Public Finances and Good Governance
Westminster, 9-11 December 2019
The third Overseas Territories Forum of the UK Overseas Territories Project led by CPA UK in partnership with the UK National Audit Office (NAO) and the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) brought together key stakeholders from PACs, Internal and External Audit offices from across the UK Overseas Territories.
Second Overseas Territories Forum on Oversight of Public Finances and Good Governance
Miami, 5-7 March 2019
The second Overseas Territories Forum ran from 5-7 March 2019 and was attended by parliamentarians; clerks; and Heads of Internal and External Audit from Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands, St Helena, Turks & Caicos Islands, the UK, and Virgin Islands (UK).
First Overseas Territories Forum on Oversight of Public Finances and Good Governance
Miami, 1-2 March 2017
The inaugural Overseas Territories Forum was held in Miami from 1-2 March 2017 to launch the UK Overseas Territories Project. The Forum brought together Chairs and Members of Public Accounts Committees and Heads of Internal and External Audit from the UK and Overseas Territories. The Forum provided an opportunity to launch the Good Practice Guide and, through a series of workshops, enabled participants to discuss challenges and successes to achieving good practice in public financial oversight.
Recent Bilateral Activities
Turks and Caicos Islands: Public Accounts Committee Visit to Westminster
Westminster, 12 - 15 June 2023
CPA UK hosted members of the Public Accounts Committee of the Turks and Caicos Islands for a four-day programme designed to cover a range of important aspects of PACs, including the role and remit of PACs, the role of clerks and chairs, committee hearing preparation, questioning techniques, developing PAC inquires and role of witnesses in addition to committee exercises.
The TCI PAC delegation will also had the opportunity to meet with the National Audit Office (NAO) team to learn and share their experiences of processing financial information.
St Helena Public Accounts Committee Visit to Westminster, Westminster, 25 - 27 January 2023
CPA UK hosted the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of St Helena for a three-day programme designed to increase the capacity of the PAC to perform its duties. The delegation met with their counterparts and other staff from the UK Parliament, as well as staff from the National Audit Office, to share knowledge and ideas on the opportunities and challenges facing PACs. The programme covered several topics, including understanding financial information, developing PAC inquiries, effective questioning, and outreach and engagement.
Clerk Secondment to the Anguilla House of Assembly, Anguilla, July 2022
CPA UK facilitated the participation of the Deputy Clerk of Tynwald and Clerk to the Legislative Council, and a Research and Project Officer from the Jersey States of Assembly to participate in a Clerk Secondment with Anguilla's House of Assembly.
St Helena Speaker Visits Westminster, Westminster, May 2022
The Speaker of the Legislative Council of St Helena, Hon. Cyril Gunnell, attended a one-day programme in Westminster, and met with Baroness D'Souza from the House of Lords. Their discussions covered the importance of public engagement, the Learn with the Lords programme, and St Helena's Youth Parliament.
Bermuda and St Helena Clerk Attachment to the States of Jersey's Public Accounts Committee, States of Jersey, 21 February - 4 March 2022
CPA UK facilitated the participation of two Overseas Territories clerks in a two-week attachment with the PAC of the States of Jersey. The attachment provided a close insight into the host PAC’s work processes, and the participant benefitted from the sharing of practical knowledge and good practice.
St Helena Post-Election Seminar, Virtual, 1-3 February 2022
Upon the invitation of the Legislative Council of St Helena, CPA UK delivered a virtual Post-Election Seminar from 1-3 February 2022. The Seminar set out to prepare parliamentarians and parliamentary officials for their roles through a series of activities designed to facilitate sharing knowledge and the exchange of ideas. Particular emphasis was placed on engaging with the recent constitutional changes in St Helena: the transition to the ministerial system and the introduction of select committees.
Montserrat Legislative Assembly Members Communications Training, Virtual, 8 November 2021
The training, which took place virtually on 8 November, aimed to support elected representatives in Montserrat in communication skills for parliamentary purposes. The training session covered a range of topics, including etiquette and conduct in the chamber, debating and questioning, and effective communication in a committee context.
Turks and Caicos Islands Post-Election Seminar, Turks and Caicos Islands, 16-23 September 2021
CPA UK was delighted to have been invited by the House of Assembly of Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), to deliver a Post-Election Seminar from 16-23 September. The Seminar set out to equip the new cohort of parliamentarians with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their duties effectively, through a series of activities in which parliamentarians exchanged on a range of topics.
For more information on other activities which UKOTP has delivered, please visit our Overseas Territories pages.