Montserrat

Key Facts

Head of State: HM King Charles III

Head of Government: Premier Hon. Easton Taylor Farrell MLA

Capital City (location of Parliament): Brades

Unicameral/Bicameral: Unicameral - Legislative Assembly (9 elected)

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CPA UK & Montserrat

CPA UK and the Montserrat Legislative Assembly have partnered over a number of years to support Montserrat’s democratic process.

Monserrat regularly engages in bilateral and multilateral activities delivered as part of the CPA UK-led UK Overseas Territories Project which focuses on good governance and oversight of public finances. As part of this project, CPA UK has partnered with the Legislative Assembly in supporting the strengthening of the PAC. A multilateral forum in March 2017 discussed the PAC’s priorities and challenges. This was followed by a PAC Workshop in Montserrat in November 2017. In spring 2018, a Clerk from the Northern Irish Assembly was attached to the Montserrat PAC and supported the PAC in strengthening its processes as it moved towards holding its first public evidence session.

 

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Recent Programmes

Fourth UK Overseas Territories Forum on Oversight of Public Finances & 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.

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.

PAC Inquiry Workshop, Virtual, 11-22 October 2021

CPA UK hosted two, five-day virtual training workshops for Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees, giving delegates an opportunity to explore each stage of an inquiry process from evidence gathering and effective questioning techniques to reports, recommendations, and media engagement.

Westminster Seminar, Virtual, 23-25 November 2020

CPA UK's flagship programme for newly-elected parliamentarians and clerks, providing a unique platform for participants to network and engage with counterparts; exploring approaches to parliamentary democracy, practice and procedure in the context of parliamentary systems from across the Commonwealth, drawing comparisons between different legislatures.

Westminster Workshop on Public Financial OversightVirtual, 19-23 October 2020

CPA UK hosted the Westminster Workshop on Public Financial Oversight from 19–23 October online for chairs, members and clerks of Public Accounts Committees across the Commonwealth.


Featured Past Programmes

Post-Election Seminar, Montserrat17-20 February 2020

A CPA UK delegation delivered a post-election seminar in Montserrat in collaboration with the Montserrat Legislative Assembly, designed to build on the skills and knowledge of re-elected and new parliamentarians.

Clerk Attachment to the Public Accounts Committee of the Legislative Assembly, Montserrat, 9-20 April 2018

CPA UK facilitated a Clerk attachment to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Montserrat's Legislative Assembly as part of Montserrat's programme of activities delivered by the UK Overseas Territories (UKOT) Project. It supported the PAC in strengthening its processes and preparing for its first PAC public evidence session. 

Public Accounts Committee Workshop, Montserrat, 8-10 November 2017

A three-day PAC workshop helped expose Members of the Legislative Assembly, Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Department, and staff, to the topics discussed and improved awareness of the importance of bipartisanship in public financial management and scrutiny structures.

The workshop increased understanding around the role and functions of the PAC, increased awareness in the community of the PAC, and helped the PAC identify a number of future actions they wanted to take.