Head of State: President Nana Akufo-Addo
Joined the Commonwealth: 1957
Capital City (location of Parliament): Accra
Unicameral/Bicameral: Unicameral (275)
CPA UK & Ghana
CPA UK and the Parliament Ghana have had a long fruitful relationship over many decades based on bilateral diplomacy and capacity building. This engagement has been closest since 2012 where a delegation of Ghanaian parliamentarians came to London for a workshop focusing on Climate Change.
Since then CPA UK has partnered with the Parliament of Ghana on several occasions.
Most recently, following the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana in 2016 and the parliamentary elections in the UK in 2017; new Public Accounts Committees and Finance Committees were formed. CPA UK sought the opportunity to partner with the Parliament of Ghana to work together on financial scrutiny and share good practise.
As an initial step of this partnership, CPA UK hosted the Ghana Finance Committee in Westminster, September 2017. This was followed by a delegation led by Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the UK Public Accounts Committee, to Accra for a programme on committee practises and financial scrutiny.
Ghana has and continues to be an active participating country at many CPA UK multilateral programmes ranging from the Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and
Procedure to various thematic conferences and seminars on Modern Slavery, Sustainable Development and National Security. Most recently, delegates from Ghana attended the Commonwealth Parliamentarians' Forum (26 February 2018 - 1 March 2018); the Westminster Workshop on Public Accounts Committees ( 4-6 December 2017) and the Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure 13-17 November 2017).
Our Recent Programmes
Visit by the Business and Special Budget Committees, Westminster, 20 - 22 November 2018
From 20 – 22 November, CPA UK welcomed Members of the Business and Special Budget Committees of the Parliament of Ghana in Westminster. The three-day visit enabled delegates to strengthen their understanding of UK Parliamentary procedure and practice, through focusing on a range of topics including: the formation and role of select committees; financial oversight of the executive and independent institutions; legislative scrutiny; and the whip system in Parliament. Members of the Business Committee also had the opportunity to understand similarities and differences with the Backbench Business Committee in the UK, exploring best practices in light of their own country’s context and conventions.
Visit by Deputy Speaker and Committee of Privileges, Westminster, 9 - 11 October 2018
From 9 – 11 October, CPA UK hosted the deputy speaker and the members of the Committee of Privileges of the Parliament of Ghana in Westminster. The delegation included six members and two staff of the Committee. Through this study visit the delegates enhanced their understanding of parliamentary privilege and parliamentary standards in the UK Parliament, as well as the UK experience of promoting ethical behaviour in politics.
Africa-UK Public Accounts Committee Workshop 2018, Nairobi, 29 August - 1 September 2018
CPA UK organised an Africa- UK Public Accounts Committee workshop in Nairobi between 29 August and 1 September. The workshop aimed to enable Public Accounts Committees to fulfil their remit to scrutinise the value for money of public spending, to hold their governments to account for the delivery of public services, and to strengthen regional collaboration and seek opportunities for coordination. The workshop also provided an opportunity to participants to develop their technical skills and improve capacity through interactive exercises and knowledge and experience sharing. Around 45 delegates participated from 11 African countries.
Study Visit by Finance Officer, Westminster,14- 16 August 2018
From 14 to 16 August, CPA UK hosted two Finance Officers from the Parliament of Ghana for a study visit to the UK Parliament. The purpose of their visit was to learn best practices from their counterparts at the Corporate Finance & Performance Team in the House of Commons on a variety of issues, such as budgeting, reconciliation, financial report and payroll management.
CPA BIMR Election Observation Mission to Jersey - May 2018
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) conducted an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to the Jersey 2018 Elections. CPA UK were invited by the Chief Minister and Chair of the Privileges and Procedures Committee to observe the Jersey 2018 elections against international standards, commitments and obligations as well as domestic laws. The Deputy Head of Mission was a Ghanaian parliamentarian, Hon. Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings MP.
Programme on Committee Practices and Financial Scrutiny, Accra, 9 – 11 November 2017
CPA UK organised a two-day programme in Accra to provide guidance to the Members of the Public Accounts Committee on developing effective committee aims, objectives and strategy, as well as looking at how to conduct inquiries and develop technical capacity in financial scrutiny at the beginning of the new parliamentary terms in Ghana and the UK. The report of this programme is here.
Visit of Members from the Finance Committee, Westminster, 12 - 14 September 2017
CPA UK welcomed a delegation led by the Chair of the Finance Committee to share approaches on the role and operation of Finance Committees in the UK and Ghana, including overseeing implementation of the budget, and working with the public and civil society organisations. The visit also took the opportunity to understand the respective roles and synthesis between the Finance Committee and the Public Accounts Committees in the UK.
Visit of Members from the Special Budget Committee, Westminster, 20 - 22 October 2015
This programme engaged the Members of the Special Budget Committee of the Parliament of Ghana with the principles that govern the UK Parliament’s engagement with, and oversight of, independent institutions such as the NAO, the Electoral Commission and the Judiciary. The 2.5 day study visit enabled delegates to engage with both principles governing committee processes and oversight practices and standards of the UK parliament, such as questioning. The programme also explored inquiry report decision making following committee sessions by sitting in on sessions held by the Treasury Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.
UK Ghana Programme on Defence and Security Parliamentary Scrutiny, Accra, 22 – 25 July 2015
This programme encouraged dialogue and cooperation on an issue of common interest and helped strengthen the already strong links that exist between the UK and Ghanaian Parliaments. The willingness to learn from each other’s experiences in order to improve the oversight mechanisms and functioning of the PAC and Defence and Interior Committee committees was apparent. This contributed to well-informed and constructive discussions.