Forward
It gives me great pleasure in presenting this activity report including the independent auditor’s
report on the financial statements of the OAG for 2019, as provided under Section 26 of the Auditor
General Act, 2010. This is the 4th consecutive year for which I am presenting this report since I
took office in April 2017. I issued the report for 2016 in June 2017 although I was not in office
during that year. The report for 2017 was issued in June 2018 although I took office in April 2017.
Thus, the reports for 2018 and 2019 are my full years in office since appointment. Looking back
over the past three years, I can say with great satisfaction that OAG has transformed in many ways
and placed itself in the centre of national development through its consistent contributions towards
better good governance, transparency and accountability.

The year under review saw a significant improvement in overall productivity resulting in a number
of products being made available to their intended recipients, be it the National Assembly, MDAs
or public enterprises. These products included several special audit reports tabled in the National
Assembly, management letters issued to MDAs, and Certification of statement of accounts of a
large number public bodies. The year 2019 also saw a record number of training events being
organized locally and several staff members attending overseas courses in our continuous quest
for improving on competencies, skills and methodologies to do better and more.
Highlights of the year 2019 are (a) launching of the performance report on the Seychelles Coastal
Management in relation to relevant SDGs 2030 together with a video show highlighting the key
audit findings, produced in collaboration with GIZ and AFROSAI-E; (b) launching of the
Seychelles Public Sector Fraud Awareness and Forensic Audit Manual in collaboration with the
US Embassy; (c) conducting extensive local training on forensic auditing by experts made
available under ITEC and US grant scheme; and (d) joining the INTOSAI working group on public
debt (WGPD) as a full member for the first time in the history of OAG.


The office of the Auditor General (OAG) is the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) in the country
and a member of the INTOSAI grouping of similar national institutions across the globe. As the
SAI of Seychelles, OAG has an important role to play in the nation building process. Being
affiliated with INTOSAI, I ensure that my constitutional mandate and responsibilities are
discharged according to the relevant international professional ethics, principles and standards.
And, the principles like good governance, transparency and accountability are not only uttered but
also practiced in the day to day operations of my office.


In addition to fulfilling the statutory requirements, the report brings OAG closer to its stakeholders
who are the beneficiaries of our services and, consequently the judge of our numerous
contributions. We may think that we have done well and enough but not so if our stakeholders say
otherwise. Hence, it is very important that we remain engaged with them at all times- talk to them,
listen to them and understand them to serve them better. This is not an easy task. However, it must
be done even if we have to make some sacrifices and forego our comforts. Because, if we don’t
deliver our mandate effectively, we will not remain relevant.


Put simply, the report brings out information on ‘who we are’, ‘what we do’, ‘how we do’, ‘how
much we have done’ and ‘how much we have cost’ to the taxpayer.


OAG has a vast audit universe, and it is growing with the creation of new entities and
implementation of new policies, programmes and projects by the government. There are also
heightened expectations and various demands brought about by the public through the National
Assembly to which OAG is directly accountable through its reporting. It is not easy to satisfy all
demands and discharge all responsibilities in a timely manner and to the entire satisfaction of all
stakeholders. However, OAG will endeavour to identity the national priorities and direct its
resources to help achieve such goals and objectives in the national interest.


I hope that our valued stakeholders will have a closer look into the activities of OAG through this
report and appreciate what we do for Seychelles. Any feedback on this report will be valued as it
will help us do better.

 


Gamini Herath
Auditor General

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