Story Highlights The Auditor General was speaking to JIS News, following the 30th anniversary conference launch of the Caribbean Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (CAROSAI) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on April 16. Auditor General, Pamela Monroe Ellis, says there is a need for greater use of international accountancy standards in the public sector, which are essential to providing transparency and accountability to the citizenry. The accrual basis of accounting conforms to the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) frameworks because it results in a more accurate representation of the financial results and financial position of a business. Auditor General, Pamela Monroe Ellis, says there is a need for greater use of international accountancy standards in the public sector, which are essential to providing transparency and accountability to the citizenry.Mrs. Monroe Ellis acknowledged that international accounting standards require the adoption of accrual accounting, rather than cash accounting, which is currently being practised in the central government and some public sector entities.The accrual basis of accounting conforms to the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) frameworks because it results in a more accurate representation of the financial results and financial position of a business.“This is where we want to move. It (accrual accounting) is fundamental for informed decision-making,” she said.The Auditor General was speaking to JIS News, following the 30th anniversary conference launch of the Caribbean Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (CAROSAI) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on April 16.The CAROSAI conference will be held between August 15 and 17, at the same hotel.The call for change in the accountancy process is being supported by President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC), Anthony Pierre, who believes the time is right for regional dialogue in the management of public funds and reform in public-sector financial management.As part of the conference launch, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between ICAC and CAROSAI, to initiate a partnership between both entities.The MOU is intended to support improved public-sector accountability through collaborative research, the exchange of knowledge and experiences, and the promotion of internationally acceptable standards and best practices in the accountancy profession.Mrs. Monroe Ellis, who also serves as Secretary General for CAROSAI, said the MOU “provides an opportunity for greater synergies in advocacy through a combination of professional expertise as well as influence”, which will lead to improvements to public financial management and governance.Meanwhile, General Manager for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Country Department, Therese Turner-Jones, hailed the work being done by those in the accounting profession, describing it as ‘very important”.The IDB is providing financial and technical support for one of the component activities of the conference, which is the compliance procurement audit programme report-writing workshop.The workshop, which runs from April 16 to 20, seeks to provide guidance in writing impactful audit reports. It seeks to strengthen the capacity of CAROSAI member countries to be more effective in carrying out procurement audits and to deliver on certain agenda.Headquartered in Jamaica, CAROSAI, among other things, aims to increase the exchange of knowledge and experiences between member Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and expand training and continuing education possibilities between SAIs.
New Delhi: Delhi to get its first hub with amenities to treat patients with mental illness by November this year at Lampur. The project will require Rs 110 crore. The Social Welfare Department is working on this project and this hub will have a medical centre along with a skill-based training centre for the inmates. “At this hub, all the inmates from the four Delhi government homes for patients with mental illness would be brought together. This would become the largest home complex in Delhi with the facilities to treat and take care of such patients,” Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam told Millennium Post. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEarlier, the Social Welfare Department used to run beggar’s home at this area but after the Supreme Court declared begging illegal the department planned this hub. The Delhi government has four homes with facilities to treat the people with mental illness across Delhi. “We want to give the facilities to these people and nearly 1,500 inmates would be staying at this hub. We will provide high-quality facilities to the inmates,” said Gautam. The Public Works Department of the Delhi government is setting up this complex. “Right now the project is under the Chief Engineer of the department who is scrutinising the details of the project thereafter tending will be floated for the project. I have set up a deadline for the project and ordered that by October end of this year the facility should be ready for the public. On November first week we want to inaugurate this hub,” said the Social Welfare Minister of Delhi. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, as the four existing centres will become empty the Delhi government has a plan to set up training centres at those places. In these training centres, the government would give training to the students who want to work for people with mental illness. “This structure will benefit us in the future because we will have an in-house system of training the students who will be appointed to take care of the people at the hub,” said Gautam. The minister also said that the earlier government led by the Congress planned the same kind of project with nearly Rs 300 crore estimate. “I did not approve the project because the money was much higher. We can give much better facility at a much lower cost, therefore, we planned this new project,” said the minister.complex to have medical facility & skill training centre.
Annette FrancisAPTN NewsDelilah Saunders, a young Inuk woman from Labrador who has also been an advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is in a fight for her own life in Ottawa.Family and friends say Saunders, 26, whose sister was Loretta Saunders, a university student who was murdered, is in need of a liver transplant.“What the doctors are saying is that she’s very sick and that she’s needing an intervention that they’re not willing or at least from an organizational policy level, they’re not willing to give her,” said friend Kelly Morrissey.“And that intervention would be a liver transplant.Saunders is the younger sister of Loretta Saunders who was murdered in Halifax in 2014.Since her murder, she has been a strong voice for murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls and was a member of the MMIWG family advisory circle.Delilah was also a land and water protector.Last year she participated in a hunger strike over the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in her home of Labrador.Saunders was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 9.“She was complaining of nausea,” said Morrissey. “She was definitely really sick at that time, but she was ambulatory, she was walking around, she was talking, obviously in a lot of distress, but we had no idea that it would, we would be at this point here today.”Saunders has been diagnosed with acute liver failure due to the use of Tylenol in conjunction with alcohol consumption.“She’s not eligible because of this policy where they do not give people with a history of substance abuse livers,” said friend Rebecca Moore. “Essentially they told us her livers failed she needs a new one and she’s not going to get it.”Her friends are advocating for a liver transplant to save her life.They have a petition demanding that Saunders be accepted as a liver transplant candidate.“What we’re hoping for is to put pressure on Trillium Gift of Life Foundations that controls all the policies around organs donation here in Ontario,” said Moore. “And what we’re what we’re hoping for is we want them to waive the policy for Delilah and to accept her as a patient.”The Gift of Life Network said its policy on six months abstinence from alcohol is a commonly used protocol.The petition has 3,000 signatures on it according to Saunders’ [email protected].ca