For the past couple of weeks, we have been updating you on the new developments of the Public Accounts Committee, which seemed to be evolving into a very heated dispute. However, the fire seems to have cooled between government members and opposition leaders within the Committee, at least for the time being. What was decided on was that the auditor general’s reports from the year 2003 to 2011 will be made public through public hearings Mondays and Wednesdays of the last week of each month starting on September 23rd. The revised schedule was released last week Thursday September 5th, and it reads as follows:
On Monday, September 23rd, 2013- the Auditor General’s report on the financial statements for the years 2003/2004 and 2004/2005; Wednesday, September 25th, 2013- the Auditor General’s report for the year 1st April 2008 to 31st March 2009; Monday, October 28th, 2013- the Auditor General’s report for the years 2005/2006 and 2006/2007; Wednesday, 30th October, 2013- the Auditor General’s report for the year April 2009 to March 2010; Monday, November25th, 2013- the Auditor General’s report for the year April 2006 to March 2007; Wednesday, November 27th, 2013- Auditor General’s for the year April 2010 to March 2011.
Monday, January 27th, 2014- Special Report on the 2007 Venezuelan Grant Programme; Wednesday, January 29th, 2014- Auditor General’s for the year 2007 to 2008; Monday, February 24th, 2014- Special Report on the Issuance of National Land Leases and Titles: Ministry of natural Resources and the Environment: September 2007 to February 2008; and Wednesday, February 26th, 2014- the special report on the Soybean Project of Belize for the year July 2008. The witnesses to be summoned at the hearing include the current Auditor General, all former Auditor Generals, as well as current and former Chief Executive Officers, and Finance Officers of all the different Government Ministries. The public hearings will be conducted at the National Assembly Chambers in Belmopan at 10:00 a.m.