International Journal of Government Auditing –Winter 2018
In 1997, Malta's constitution was amended to provide for the independent offices of the Auditor General (AG) and Deputy Auditor General (DAG) and the establishment of the National Audit Office of Malta (NAO). This year, the NAO commemorated its 20th anniversary as an independent audit institution, and many distinguished guests paid special visits to the NAO throughout the year.
A special ECA/NAO joint seminar was also held to mark this important milestone in NAO's history. "Audit Follow-up in the Public Sector: Enhancing Accountability," was held at the Mediterranean Conference Center in Valletta, Malta, in September. Noteworthy guests in attendance included senior officials from across public service, including the Public Accounts Committee and the Internal Audit and Investigations Department.
Mr. Deguara opened the seminar by highlighting the importance of every national audit institution to ensure timely implementation of recommendations made in its various reports.
Mr. Brincat provided the keynote address that included an extensive overview on the ECA's role and objectives. Mr. Brincat recommended governments should encourage ministries, departments and entities to implement ECA audit report recommendations and that they more proactively adhere to EU directives in an effort to add value.
Mr. Martin Weber, Directorate of the Presidency, followed with a presentation on "Maximizing Our Contribution to Member States' Public Accountability," where he pointed out the ECA's fundamental role in promoting accountability, one of ECA's core values.
Principal Permanent Secretary, Mr. Mario Cutajar, addressed seminar participants and discussed "NAO's Report-Government's Follow-Up," focusing on analyzing the implementation status of various NAO recommendations issued in its Annual Audit Report on Public Accounts. Mr. Cutajar emphasized that this exercise duly reflected government commitment to promoting accountability and transparency across Maltese public service.
Mr. Camilleri gave an excellent review of the NAO initiative launched this year to issue a follow-up report on several audits undertaken by the Financial and Compliance, Performance, Special Audits, and Investigations sections. He closed by presenting a comprehensive analysis on recommendation implementation rates in respect to all selected follow-up audits included in this year's report.