News in Brief

International Journal of Government Auditing – Spring 2017

Turkey

Photo: Fifteen people standing on a stage in front of a huge slide with heading 16th ECOSAI Training Committee Meeting.
Photo: Sixteen people standing on and seven people sitting on a bench in front of a stage in front of a huge slide with heading 16th ECOSAI Training Committee Meeting
Photo: Approximately 40-50 people standing together on stairway outside of a building.
Photo: Two men shaking hands facing forward.  Four peoples stand behind them watching.

Photos (from top): 21st ECOSAI GBM; 7th ECOSAI Assembly; TCA and SIGMA Workshop; TCA and Pakistan Sign Cooperation Agreement

TURKISH COURT OF ACCOUNTS HOSTS ECOSAI GOVERNING BOARD MEETING AND ASSEMBLY

The Turkish Court of Accounts (TCA) hosted several meetings in Ankara, Turkey, in October 2016, including the 21st Economic Cooperation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ECOSAI) Governing Board Meeting; 16th Training Committee Meeting; and 7th ECOSAI Assembly. Mr. Seyit Ahmet Baş, ECOSAI Chairman, kicked off the meetings with opening remarks to attendees, which included representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Dr. Mohammad Sharif Sharifi, Auditor General of Afghanistan; Mr. Rana Assad Amin, Auditor General of Pakistan; and Mr. Adil Maharramov, Deputy Chairman of the SAI of Azerbaijan also provided remarks at the Assembly, which featured “Overcoming the Difficulties Encountered in the Implementation of International Standards on Auditing (ISSAIs),” a seminar that included presentations from the SAIs of Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Turkey.

TCA, SUPPORT FOR IMPROVEMENT IN GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT ENHANCE KNOWLEDGE SHARING

TCA, along with Support for Improvement in Governance and Management (SIGMA), co-organized a workshop on the “Forming of Audit Opinions.” The workshop brought together SIGMA representatives, senior experts from EU countries, and the department heads, members and auditors from the TCA. Together, TCA and SIGMA also organized a conference on “Developing Effective Working Relationships Between SAIs and Parliaments,” uniting representatives from the SAIs and parliaments of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia along with EU Delegation representatives and SIGMA experts. The conference focused on sharing knowledge and experience on parliamentary relations, as well as contributing to the draft guidance paper associated with these relationships.

TCA SIGNS COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH AUDITOR GENERAL OF PAKISTAN

TCA’s Auditor General, Mr. Seyit Ahmet Baş, and the Auditor General of Pakistan, Mr. Rana Assad Amin, signed a cooperation agreement designed to promote cooperation on the exchange of experiences in several areas, including public external audit methodology and procedures; professional training and improvement of professional standards; information and documentation on professional activities of both parties; consultations, joint researches and parallel audits; and seminars, conferences and technical meetings.