The Swedish NAO extends the cooperation with the Office of the Auditor General of Zimbabwe to 2021
The Swedish National Audit Office has extended the cooperation with the supreme audit institution in Zimbabwe for an additional two years. The objective is to further strengthen public auditing in Zimbabwe in line with international standards.
Assigned by the Swedish Parliament, the Swedish NAO manages an extensive international development cooperation with supreme audit institutions in several developing countries. The purpose is to contribute to democratic development and enhanced parliamentarian oversight.
Today the Auditor Generals of Sweden and Zimbabwe agreed to extend their cooperation to the end of 2021. The Auditor Generals Mrs Helena Lindberg and Mrs Mildred Chiri signed the new Memorandum of Understanding in Harare, Zimbabwe.
– Our cooperation with the supreme audit institution in Zimbabwe started recently but has already generated positive results. A stronger public audit contributes to increased transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness as well as better conditions for parliamentarian oversight, says Auditor General Helena Lindberg.
The support from the Swedish NAO during the period of cooperation 2017–2021 is estimated to amount to about three million SEK per year. The intention of the cooperation is to further develop management in the organisation, internal communication and implementation of performance auditing. The support is built on experts from the Swedish NAO in these areas.
– We consider our partner to be an actor working to improve the public sector and the life of citizens in Zimbabwe. We have a close cooperation and design the support to meet the needs of our partner, states Catharina Cappelin, Deputy Auditor General and Head of the International Department at the Swedish NAO.
The international operations of the Swedish NAO
The international operations of the Swedish NAO are multifaceted. We represent Sweden internationally and have been assigned by Parliament to support the development of supreme audit institutions as part of the Swedish international development cooperation. Currently, the Swedish NAO have a bilateral cooperation with audit institutions in Africa (Kenya, Liberia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe), South-East Europe (Kosovo and Moldova) and in Asia (Afghanistan, Cambodia and Palestine). In addition, we support three regional efforts targeting 37 audit institutions in Western Balkans, Africa and South-East Asia.
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