15TH AFROSAI-E GOVERNING BOARD MEETING HOLDS IN RWANDA

Auditors-General and their representatives from various African Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions – English Speaking countries (AFROSAI-E) held a successful Governing Board meeting in Rwanda. The 15th AFROSAI-E Governing Board meeting took place at the Kigali Marriott Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda from 7th – 10th May, 2018.

The Auditor-General of Rwanda, Mr. Obadiah Biraro was overwhelmed as he welcomed the delegates from 26 countries and various organisations. He commended the Auditors-General of AFROSAI-E for their contributions over the years in their various SAIs, especially towards the success of AFROSAI-E.

The Auditor-General of Sierra Leone, Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce, in her capacity as Chairperson of AFROSAI-E was very impressed with the cleanliness of the country especially with the greenery of the city. She appealed to her colleague Auditors-General to continue the good work in their countries as there are lots of people who do not understand the role of the SAIs and also those who are looking for the avenue to undermine the good works that the SAIs have been doing over the years. She also encouraged them to work in the interest of their countries as the citizens, who are in the majority, value the work of the SAIs. Commenting on the theme, “Staying Relevant”, Mrs. Taylor-Pearce urged the SAIs to be relevant in their day-to-day operations, adding that, in staying relevant, the issue of technology cannot be ignored. 

The Speaker of the Rwanda Parliament, Right Hon. Donatille Mukabalisa in her keynote address, expressed her satisfaction over the hosting of the program in Rwanda and gave a brief explanation on the relationship between the Auditor-General’s Office in Rwanda and the Parliament. An appeal was made for the Auditors-General to deliberate on issues that will improve transparency and accountability in the various countries.

The Chief Executive Officer of AFROSAI-E, Madam MeisieNkau outlined the achievements and impact made by AFROSAI-E since the last Governing Board meeting. As the new CEO of AFROSAI-E, Madam Nkau expressed her satisfaction for being part of the AFROSAI-E family and appreciated the Auditors-General for their support in making AFROSAI-E a successful institution. She promised to take the institution to a higher level with the support she will get from the secretariat and the general membership.

The performance audit report entitled, “The Provision of Mental Healthcare Services in Kenya” which was done by a team from SAI Kenya, was announced as the best performance audit report for 2017/2018. Making the announcement, Mr Magnus Lindell, Deputy Auditor-General of the Swedish National Audit Office, that sponsors the prize, stated that according to the independent rize jury, consisting of auditors from the SAIs of the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, the report is well written, and easy to understand. He pointed out that a straight forward and sensible design and the good use of external guidelines provide credible good practice against which the conditions in Kenya can be compared.

The aim of the prize is to benchmark good practices in performance audits and to highlight efforts made by performance auditors.  This year’s winning report is an excellent example of an audit dealing with a highly relevant topic, in the interest of the citizens.

Lots of issues were deliberated on during the three days progamme in Kigali. Issues relating to digital forensic and cybercrimes in Government; engendered wildlife trust perspective on cybercrime and the risk associated with cybercrimes in Government were adequately discussed by I T Professionals from Kenya and Rwanda.

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