Posted: Wed, Nov 11, 2015
Abu Dhabi (WAM)
H.E. Dr. Harib Al Amimi, President of State Audit Institution (SAI) and First Vice-Chairman of the INTOSAI Governing Board, opened the 67th INTOSAI Governing Board meeting held at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 9 to 11 November 2015.
H.E delivered an opening speech in which he welcomed the heads of Supreme Audit Institutions, governing board members, the US representatives and the international organization representatives who participated in the meeting, emphasizing the importance of the INTOSAI role in developing the control standards over the public sector and establishing the principles of transparency, accountability and integrity and the independence of Audit Institutions to preserve the public funds, and the good use for the purposes intended.
Also H.E stressed the need for concerted efforts to face the challenges ahead, In particular as approved by the United Nations on development goals beyond 2015 and the expected role of SAIs on evaluating the level of achieving these goals, determining the weakness aspects in the financial systems and the level of the institutional control instrument in the federal sector departments.
The Governing Board agenda included a number of critical topics such as the draft of activating the role of the INTOSAI Governing Board, the Strategic Plan 2016-2022, reports of sub-committees and regional working groups of INTOSAI. This is in addition to the UAE SAI report on the preparations of the next INCOSAI to be held in Abu Dhabi in December 2016.
In a press statement on the margins of the meeting agenda, H.E. Dr. Harib Al Amimi, President of State Audit Institution (SAI) and First Vice-Chairman of the INTOSAI Governing Board said that the INTOSAI is concerned with the preservation of public funds and the continuity of the economic growth in the countries, noting that the role of these Audit Institutions currently works in another way, after adopting the development goals beyond 2015 by the United Nation. In addition, he said that during the next INCOSAI to be held in the United Arab Emirates in December 2016, the role of Supreme Audit Institutions will be elaborated to submit reports on the extent to which the development goals are achieved to each country in the world by the Audit Institutions. This is generally in the interests of all people in the world, as the preservation of public funds is resulted in the sustainability of economic growth, and maintaining a high level of federal services to people. He added that during the past 10 years, SAI has adopted a number of changes in the work methodology which was built on best practices of Audit Institutions in the world and the methodology was implemented effectively during the past 5 years.
Moreover, he stressed that there are significant cooperation between SAI, and political decision-making positions in UAE, represented by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God protect him, the Cabinet and the Federal National Council. The cooperation is also with regard to the establishment of transparency, integrity and accountability principles. Moreover, the SAI was assigned to work on the United Nations Convention against Corruption signed by the UAE in 2006.