AFROSAI-E 2019 strategic review and 16th Governing Board Meeting

The Auditor General, Gamini Herath, attended the AFROSAI-E 16th Governing Board meeting and strategic reviews under the themes “SAIs having a voice to influence Governments for greater accountability” and “SAIs having a voice to influence government for greater service delivery” during 6th to 10th May in Maputo, Mozambique.

At the official opening on the 6th, the opening remarks were made by his Excellency the President of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi.  The meeting also saw the participation of other high ranking guest speakers on the above themes including Dr Luisa  Diago, the former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Mozambique and Mr Osten Chulu from the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) on the implementation of SDGs and African Aspiration for 2063.  While attending the meetings, Auditor General also participated in a panel discussion on the theme ‘SAI having a voice to influence government for greater service delivery’ , audit of SDGs and tourism infrastructures, held following a key note address delivered by Mr Osten Chulu  from African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) for SDGS/AGENDA 2063, who also moderated the discussion. Other panellists included the Auditors General from Mozambique and Uganda. 

The AG of SAI Seychelles was also elected as the Chair of the Audit Sub-Committee for the period 2020 to 2022. The Audit Sub Committee oversees the internal and external audits of the AFROSAI-E Secretariat and help enhance and maintain a high level of good governance, transparency and accountability within the organisation.  On the Coastal management audit project SAI Seychelles participated and the resultant country report issued recently, the combined report incorporating the findings from the six participatory countries was produced and submitted to the GB meeting by Secretariat In addition to technical supports and professional guidance being provided over the years, the SAI Seychelles is expected to benefit in the near future as follows: 

 In-country training on HR with the assistance of resource persons from AFROSAI-E to be held in August/September in Seychelles;

 Obtaining the new AFROSAI-E audit management software to be implemented on a pilot basis; AFROSAI-E would send a team to install and train the IT staff on the use of this during this year; and 

 A possible reduction in the annual membership fees being paid to AFROSAI-E from US$6,600 to US$3,300.Meeting

Auditor General’s overview on the report for 2017

This is my second annual report presented to the National Assembly two months earlier than the statutory ‘December’ deadline.  This has been done in response to a request for timely reports from various stakeholders including the National Assembly and the government. More efforts are continuing to reduce the time taken to produce annual reports even further and, hopefully, to present them at the end of September each year. With this in mind, the twelve-month audit cycle has been realigned to run from September to August.

Included in this report are the results of my audit of the Annual Financial Statements (AFS) of the Government for 2017 and various other audits undertaken in ministries, departments, officers and Agencies (statutory bodies) subject to my audit.  These audits were completed during the audit cycle from September 2017 to August 2018, in other words since the issuance of my report for 2016. The report excludes the matters raised in the performance audit report on SPTC and a number of special audit reports presented to the National Assembly at the request of FPAC since the last annual report. The matters included in this report are selective as they are the matters being brought to the attention of the National Assembly as per my reporting requirements. I am pleased to note that many matters raised in audit management letters issued to Accounting Officers throughout the audit cycle have been dealt with satisfactorily.

OAG unveils a new logo

The Office of the Auditor General was set up as body corporate as per the Auditor General Act, 2010. The OAG is an independent and autonomous body enjoying a high level of administrative and financial independence from the government. The OAG has recently adopted a new logo in keeping with its image, reputation and mission to the Seychellois nation. 

Global recognition for the OAG

Office of the Auditor General (OAG) of Seychelles has been admitted as a full member of the International Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), which is the global professional grouping of all Supreme Audit Institutions operating in some 146 countries. The INTOSAI provides professional and technical development assistance to its member countries in the field of government auditing. The INTOSAI has developed auditing standards (ISSAIs) and practice guidelines applicable to various audit methodologies; financial, compliance, performance, IT auditing, etc.

Auditor General’s overview on the report for 2016

The National Assembly, Government and other key stakeholders have been demanding timely reports from the Auditor General. Hence, the presentation my first annual report in October rather than by the usual ‘December’ deadline.  More efforts are continuing to reduce the time taken to produce annual reports even further and, hopefully, to present them at the end of September each year. With this in mind, the twelve-month audit cycle has been realigned to run from August to July.