News in Brief

International Journal of Government Auditing – Autumn 2016



Training is at the core of the Afghanistan SAO’s strategy, since a skilled workforce is key to its success. The Auditor General and his team are focused on ensuring that all SAO staff receive the requisite skills to efficiently and effectively perform their duties, and the Afghanistan SAO has conducted the following training sessions in the past few months:

IT Audit Training

Afghanistan’s government has been moving toward the use of Information Technology (IT) in most of its financial operations and transactions. SAO senior management saw the need to ensure that our auditors are well equipped to audit the various IT platforms, such as the Afghanistan Management Information System (AFMIS) and in  July  2016  implemented  training  focused  on IT auditing and the use of Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAATs) in the audit process.

Accounting, budget and financial report writing training course

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been contracted to conduct a one-month training course for the Afghanistan SAO. This training is aimed at further equipping SAO staff with the relevant skills needed to efficiently and effectively conduct their duties.


  • In March 2016, Afghanistan top leadership, led by the Auditor General, Dr. Mohammad Sharif Sharifi, signed a Mutual Cooperation Agreement with Thailand’s Auditor General. As part of this agreement, Afghanistan and Thailand’s Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) will be sharing training, learning and professional development experiences.
  • The Afghanistan Auditor General, Dr. Mohammad Sharif Sharifi, provided a keynote speech at “Identification of Practical Approaches for Encountering Administrative Corruption” conference held June 4-5, 2016, at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Kabul, Afghanistan. This high-level conference focused on necessary strategies aimed at fighting corruption within the Afghan government. Dr. Sharif highlighted the need for the various corruption agencies to work closely together to achieve progress in the fight against corruption and emphasized the urgency to establish a Public Accounts Committee within Afghanistan’s parliament.
  • Mr. S.M. Mehdi Hussaini, Deputy Auditor General, and Mr. Abdallah Amiri, the International Advisor to the Auditor General, met with General Gordon Davis, Commander, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) and his leadership team, May 28, 2016, at the CSTC-A Headquarters. The meeting primarily focused on ways in which the SAO can work more closely wth the CSTC-A team. Gen. Davis and his team pledged to continue supporting the SAO and to further linking the SAO to other partners for capacity building support.

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