Press Release - Performance Audit report on the Public Utilities Corporation
Effectiveness in managing the supply and distribution of water
The Auditor General has laid before the National Assembly his report on the performance audit of the Public Utilities Corporation on Tuesday 31st July 2012.
The report acknowledged the efforts of the Public Utilities Corporation in taking measures to introduce a more planned way of working. The PUC published its very first Water Master Plan (2008 – 2030) in May 2011. While being a good first step the plan covers too large a period and does not make provision for how the PUC will achieve the stated objectives nor does it cater for much needed strategic direction; this is a major weakness in a complex organisation which cannot be allowed to fail. The plan alone will prove to be an insufficient driving force, and will not ensure whether value for money is obtained. The PUC has not placed sufficient priority in assessing the business risks that it faces and thus no action plan was produced to manage and seek ways of mitigating those risks. Capacity building has been identified as another matter of concern within the PUC as the senior management is actively involved in, rather than overseeing operations because of shortages of staff in key positions with gaps in the structure and skill sets.
Press Release: Performance Audit Report of the Seychelles Tourism Board
The Auditor General has laid before the National Assembly his report on the performance audit of the Seychelles Tourism Board on Tuesday 20th March 2012
The Seychelles Tourism Board was established in 2005 and it has the key objective of marketing the Seychelles. Over the past five years, the Seychelles Tourism Board has received Government funding of nearly SCR 229 million. Tourism arrival numbers to the Seychelles increased by 11 per cent in 2011, when compared to 2010.
The Seychelles Tourism Board has operated without a formal strategic plan or measurable aims and targets since 2005. This absence of measurable aims and targets means that the Government, Members of the National Assembly and the public are not able to judge accurately the value of the contribution to tourism made by the Seychelles Tourism Board.
Operation without a formal strategic plan has resulted in the Seychelles Tourism Board being unable to gauge accurately its performance and identify weaknesses in its operations. With a focus on developing performance analysis, value for money could be improved significantly by targeting resources in areas where the greatest economic return can be achieved.