Our staff reporter
Lahore: Auditor-General of Pakistan (AGP) specified that stakeholders and legislature want the multidimensional view of things for accountability in the public sector. For this purpose, the officers of the PA&AS need to move from compliance issues to the strategic issues and innovative ideas need to be generated to keep pace with the changing times.
The Auditor-General of Pakistan gave these remarks on the closing ceremony of three weeks International Intensive Training Program in Performance Auditing held in Lahore. Twenty (20) Audit Managers from Supreme Audit Institutions of Botswana, Libya, Nepal, Oman, Turkey and Pakistan participated.
AGP Javaid Jehangir gave his address and formally concluded the training program. The purpose of the program was to enhance the analytical skills of audit managers of the SAIs to excel their professional knowledge and capabilities in the field of performance auditing.
The AGP further said that SAI Pakistan has a tradition to hold ITP in Performance Auditing for the last 40 years. Its purpose is to share knowledge and experience with other SAIs for mutual understanding. Government partners like Media, non-government organizations want us to give more information about the processes in our system and that is where we need performance auditing.
He said that SAIs throughout the world including Pakistan invest resources in up-gradation of staff knowledge. AGP advised the course participants to practice the concepts taught to them. The AGP added that in order to revamp the reporting process this year a few pages about sectoral analysis of the sector audited have been added in the annual audit reports giving a broader view of that sector. He emphasized the role of specialization, capacity building, networking and sharpening the skills of the audit through practice. He thanked the participants and their respective SAIs for participating in the 103 ITP in Pakistan.
This international training program was organized by the Directorate General Performance Audit Wing (PAW) Zamir Ahmad, Additional Auditor-General-II, Shuja ud Din Zaka, Accountant General Punjab Lahore, Fareed Mehmood Ch., Rector Pakistan Audit & Accounts Academy, Lahore, Ms Tanveer Hamid, Deputy Auditor General (Central), Lahore and other senior officers.
Abia Kavei an Audit Manager from Botswana, while offering comments and feedback on behalf of foreign participants, termed Pakistan as his second home and appreciated the management of Department of the Auditor-General of Pakistan for conducting meaningful training and their comfortable stay in Pakistan. He specially thanked Auditor-General of Pakistan for such a wonderful opportunity of specialized training to foreign participants.
Moreover, all other participants also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to organize a wonderful three-week program for the auditors. They termed Pakistan their second home for its peaceful environment.