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Speaker Contributes to Regional Forum in Armenia

The Speaker of the House of Keys, the Hon Juan Watterson SHK, has returned from Armenia after attending a regional forum examining public financial management and external communications.

The two-day forum was an initiative from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) as part of its work to support the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia and the Parliament of Georgia in achieving best practice in financial oversight and budget processes. The event was delivered in association with sustainable development specialist GIZ, (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit  - German Society for International Cooperation).

Mr Speaker, who contributed both as facilitator and as a speaker on best international practice in engaging the media and civil society organisations in public financial management, was supported remotely by Third Clerk of Tynwald Joann Corkish and Head of Chamber and Information Service Ruth Donnelly.

From the Legislative Buildings Mrs Corkish and Mrs Donnelly joined two online sessions using iPads. Mrs Corkish said: ‘We shared examples of engagement activities from Tynwald, including looking at our live and listen again facility with a Twitter feed for updates during sittings and at other parliaments such as the New Zealand Parliament which has a specific media area on its website.’

Reflecting on the forum Mr Speaker said: ‘The forum not only served to share best practice in bringing public visibility to parliamentary business, in particular to financial management, but also provided a valuable opportunity to promote how Tynwald is working “smarter” and embracing technology, social media and parliamentary outreach activities to engage with a wider audience.

‘I was also pleased to have participated in an event that provided yet another occasion to strengthen the valuable links we have established with the WFD and for Tynwald to be continuing to make a positive contribution to parliamentary capacity-building in developing countries.’

Mr Speaker’s travel and accommodation costs were funded by WFD through their grant provided from GIZ’s public financial management in the Southern Caucuses programme.

For further information contact:
Jonathan King
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Telephone: 01624 686303
Published - 09/01/2019