The Swedish National Audit Office has concluded a cooperation agreement with the supreme audit institution (SAI) in Liberia, the General Auditing Commission (GAC). Among other things, the agreement aims to assist the GAC in strengthening its financial audit and working against corruption.
At the end of August, Mr Magnus Lindell, Head of the Swedish National Office International Division and Ms Yusador S Gaye, Liberia’s Auditor General, signed a cooperation agreement that will remain in force through 2020. The agreement’s purpose is to support the development of the General Auditing Commission of Liberia, especially its financial and compliance audit. Support will also be directed toward setting up a quality system.
– The work of Sweden’s National Audit Office in Liberia is a collaborative effort with an ongoing development project in which the EU is partnering with Liberia’s supreme audit institution. Our project strengthens work that is already planned, says Mr Magnus Lindell.
Liberia is a prioritized as a country receiving aid from Sweden. Sweden’s current country strategy is in force until 2020.
– The GACs charge is to audit whether tax revenue and other monies are being used efficiently and in compliance with regulations. The Swedish National Office’s support means that we can pursue this charge more quickly than previously has been possible, says Auditor General Yusador S Gaye.
The assignments given to the Swedish NAO include representing Sweden in its capacity as the national audit body and running international development cooperation projects. The aim is to support the development of independent and professional national audit bodies, contribute to the development of democracy and strengthen parliamentary control in the cooperation countries. These areas of focus are in line with Swedish aid policy and international practice. Apart from the new collaboration with Liberia, the Swedish NAO works in collaboration with audit authorities in Africa, the Western Balkans and Asia.
GAC’s autonomy is guaranteed by a special audit law of 2014, the Auditor General is appointed for a period of seven years. GAC’s mandate comprises financial auditing, performance auditing and compliance auditing. Legislation also gives GAC the opportunity to independently recruit staff, which in turn increases its autonomy.
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