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22. PUBLIC FINANCE 26 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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This includes the management and accounting of public funds, Consolidated Revenue Fund, the preparation and the management of the budget and the auditing and oversight over public finances a) Which aspects of Public Finance should be regulated by the constitution? b) How should the constitution provide for the management of the national budget? 23. CENTRAL BANK What aspects of the Central Bank should be regulated by the constitution? 24. TRADITIONAL LEADERS What role should be accorded to traditional leaders in the constitution? 25. LANGUAGES, ARTS AND CULTURE How should the constitution deal with the issues of languages, arts and culture? 26. TRANSITIONAL MECHANISMS Those provisions in the constitution providing for the orderly transition from the old to the new one. What transitional mechanisms should be enshrined in the constitution? However, during the outreach programme, it became clear that the Talking Points were not exhaustive . A lot of the gaps later identified for filling were a result of the inadequacies of the Talking Points developed. However, the Talking Points did provide the basic questions required to address the main national concerns. The Talking Points were translated into vernacular languages to enable the various communities to understand the questions. Whilst the translations done were not perfect, they however allowed for basic communication with various communities in the country. The responses by the generality of the people demonstrated an amazing grasp and understanding of the issues under discussion. Some of the people however felt that some of the questions were a repetition of the others, and this was reflected in the responses given, which appeared to be similar to those for a different question. It became necessary, during Thematic Committee discussions, to align the responses to the relevant questions. 1.2. Training of Outreach teams 27 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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The training of outreach teams was carried out between December 2009 and January 2010. Outreach teams comprised of political parties (30 percent) as well as civic society (70 percent), and these were to form the core team of members that would solicit for the views of the people during the outreach meetings. The first group to be trained was the Members of Parliament, who were trained over three days at the end of December 2009. The rest of the team members were trained in early January 2010. The main purpose of the training was to ensure that all outreach members had a firm understanding of the Thematic areas agreed to at the First All Stakeholders Conference which had earlier on been held in July 2009. The training was undertaken by various resource persons with vast experience in the various Thematic areas. The outreach members were also trained on general etiquette expected when conducting outreach meetings. They were also trained on how to effectively co-chair the meetings and the need to speak with one voice during the consultation process.
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  • Fall '17
  • Jane Moore
  • ........., Parliament of the United Kingdom, The Honourable, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, The Right Honourable, Constitution Select Committee

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