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Malta NAO Hosts EU Contact Committee Seminars
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Malta NAO Hosts EU Contact Committee Seminars

The National Audit Office (NAO) of Malta hosted the 2017 European Union (EU) Contact Committee joint seminars on the Fiscal Policy Audit Network and Europe 2020 Strategy Audit Network May 30-31, 2017. Thirty-five participants from 18 national audit institutions, along with European Court of Auditors (ECA) representatives, attended the Fiscal Policy Audit Network seminar designed to improve methodologies and practices in auditing national fiscal policy. The network, chaired by the National Audit Office of Finland, strives to...

SAO Czech Republic Elected EUROSAI Chair
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SAO Czech Republic Elected EUROSAI Chair

The Supreme Audit Office of the Czech Republic (SAO) was elected to chair the European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) at the Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, in May. The SAO, leading EUROSAI from 2020-2023, will host the 2020 Congress in Prague. The SAO summarizes the vision for EUROSAI with Project "3C"—Communication, Cooperation and Comparison. Under the 3C vision, the SAO strives to achieve effective collaborative relationships during its presidency, recognizing that EUROSAI should be efficient and add value to its members. The aim is to achieve...

Philippines COA Celebration Includes SDG Focus
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Philippines COA Celebration Includes SDG Focus

The Republic of the Philippines Commission on Audit (COA) celebrated its national women’s month earlier this year by hosting an event centered on the efforts of the Philippine Statistical System on Gender Statistics, along with a presentation on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the eventual audit plan for Philippine programs under the SDG road map...

Czech Republic SAO Hosts Sustainable Energy Seminar
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Czech Republic SAO Hosts Sustainable Energy Seminar

The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) of the Czech Republic, under the auspices of the Czech Republic Chamber of Deputies of Parliament Committees on Budgetary Control and Environment, hosted an international seminar on "Challenges in the Sustainable Energy Field" on April 27, 2017. The seminar’s aim was twofold: to present results on two international SAO projects and...

Estonia, Finland Share Experience in, on Many Fields
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Estonia, Finland Share Experience in, on Many Fields

A delegation from the National Audit Office of Estonia (NAOE) visited the National Audit Office of Finland (NAOF) June 2, 2017, to share experience and practices on various auditing fields, including the football field! Three parallel expert sessions were held: (1) Analytics and Auditing: Exchange of Experiences About Methods Applied in Audits; (2) Exchange of NAOE and NAOF Experiences in IT Auditing; and (3) Auditing Sustainable Development Goals: NAOE and NAOF Approach and Plans...

SAB Kuwait Restructures, Adds Sectors, Departments
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SAB Kuwait Restructures, Adds Sectors, Departments

The State Audit Bureau (SAB) of Kuwait amended its organizational structure to include six audit sectors and four new departments: Internal Audit, Reports Follow-up, Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning. The SAB acting president led an official delegation to Albania’s State Supreme Audit Office in March, resulting in...

Lesotho Audit Act Calls for OAG Independence
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Lesotho Audit Act Calls for OAG Independence

Recently, the implementation of a new audit act generating positive change was announced in Lesotho. This new act repeals the 1973 Audit Act, which formed the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) mandate that was established in 1963. The 2016 Audit Act, which took effect April 1, 2017, provides for OAG’s continued existence. Additionally, it calls for...

German SAI Publishes Spring Report, 50+ Audit Findings
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German SAI Publishes Spring Report, 50+ Audit Findings

The German Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) published its spring report in April 2017, which complements the major annual report published each fall. This year’s spring report encompasses more than 50 audit findings from various branches of federal government departments, such as taxes, environmental issues, defense, road works, railway construction and information technology. The report includes some controversial cases...

Turkish Court of Accounts Hosts ECA, Libyan SAI
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Turkish Court of Accounts Hosts ECA, Libyan SAI

The President of the Turkish Court of Accounts (TCA), Mr. Seyit Ahmet Baş, welcomed representatives from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) (pictured top left) in March 2017 for various European Union (EU) public entity performance audits. The ECA also held a technical meeting with TCA officials and addressed...