Auditor-General Gets Appointment

The Auditor-General, Mr. Richard Quartey has been appointed as one of the two external auditors, of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) at the 21st Congress of the Organisation held in October in Beijing, China.

The appointment is for a three year period spanning from 2014 to 2016 and subject to renewal for a further term of three years and comes in the wake of the appointment of Mr. Richard Quartey as the External Auditor for the International Maritime Organisation for the period 2012 to 2016.

His appointment follows the outstanding performance of Ghana in the auditing of UN institutions around the world when it served o the UN Board of Auditors between 1976 and 2000.

INTOSAI is mainly composed of the supreme external audit institutions of Member States of the United Nations and currently has 192 full members and five (5) Associate members including the World Bank and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).

It has established, among other things, standards for governmental auditing and has issued core principles, declarations and guidelines towards the institutional development of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).

INTOSAI has also been issuing publications on thematic area of governmental auditing for use for SAIs as well as capacity building and training workshops towards knowledge transfers and enhancement of auditing skills in order to improve the delivery of auditing services of SAIs in their respective countries.

According to Mr. Quartey, his appointment as external auditor of INTOSAI is a further demonstration of the confidence the international community has in Ghana’s Supreme Audit Institution, the Audit Service, as one of the key governance or accountability structures of the State.

He explained that the INTOSAI auditing standards, also known as the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) which include provisions on the independence of SAIs, are often integrated into bilateral and multilateral agreements and also Public Sector Reform agenda of Governments around the world.

Mr. Quartey said the work of the Auditor-General is expected to be performed in accordance with the ISSAI and has been used by some development partners as a key trigger for budgetary support to the Ghana Government, adding that “the continued improvement in the auditing processes by the Audit Service in line with international standards has since 2004 led to the release of funds to Central Government and District Assemblies by donors.” By Lawrence Akpalu

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