Free State Legislature hosts 16th Biennial APAC Conference

Free State Legislature’s Chief Whip and Chairperson for the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), Neels van Rooyen. File Photo.

Members of the Association of Public Accounts Committees(APAC) from across the country have gathered for the 16th Biennial APAC conference held in Bloemfontein. Delegates include Southern African Development Community Organisation of Public Accounts Committees from the SADC countries, as well as East and West African PACS. The week-long conference is held every two years and is seen as an opportunity to discuss challenges faced by committees.

This year’s speakers include National Treasury’s Chief Procurement Officer, Kenneth Brown, who will be addressing the issue of Supply Chain Management which was highlighted as problematic by the Auditor-General in its report. Delegates will also visit Water Plant projects in Bloemfontein and Sedibeng as part of their site visits. A new committee leadership is expected to be elected on Thursday.

Free State Public Accounts Committee Chairperson, Neels van Rooyen said: “We appreciate the fact that APAC is coming to the Free State, because at least it puts the Free State on the map. So, by discussing issues affecting the public accounts committees, we better understand and strategize together on how we are going to deal with some of these issues.  And it was an opportunity for us to showcase some of our projects.”

Seithati Semenokane /Courant News