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Report of the Auditor General for 2018 submitted to National Assembly

Auditor General, Mr Gamini Herath, has submitted his annual report for the year 2018 to the Speaker of the National Assembly for tabling, as required under Article 158 (5) of the Constitution.

This is the third consecutive year the report has been submitted two months in advance of the statutory deadline, which normally falls in the month of December each year.

The main objective of submitting early reports to the National Assembly is to allow the members more time for reading, analysing and appreciating the information on the overall budget performance for 2018 and the mattes arising from the audit of individual public bodies.

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. 

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.

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.

This report sets out the results of my audit of the financial statements of the Government for 2016 and various other audits undertaken during the audit cycle ended in August 2017. The report excludes the matters raised in the performance audit report and the special audit report presented to the National Assembly in May and July, respectively. 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 and some of the remaining are not considered significant enough to feature in this report.