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Further bilateral cooperation between the National Audit Offices of Sweden and Kosovo

Today, following productive multi- annual cooperation, the National Audit Office of Sweden and the National Audit Office of Kosovo have furthered the bilateral cooperation by signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Institutional Development Co-operation with the National Audit Office of Kosovo for 2020-2023.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Auditor General of Kosovo, Besnik Osmani, and the Auditor General of Sweden, Helena Lindberg, aims at further developing NAO’s organisational processes promoting high quality work and strengthening of capacities to produce performance audit reports of high quality and to the benefit of the society.

On such occasion, the Auditor General of Kosovo, Besnik Osmani, said thatGetting to learn from the experiences of our Swedish peers is a unique opportunity to obtain knowledge and build our capacity in performance auditing and to modernise the institutional organisation of NAO. This assistance provided from Swedish taxpayers, which we will always be grateful and thankful for, and the commitment of Swedish NAO’s staff and experts encourages us towards new successes. We will continue our commitment in bringing the benefits of this project to the maximum and in walking at the same pace as the Supreme Audit Institutions in Europe when it comes to the modernisation of processes and conduction of quality audits.

On the other hand, the Auditor General of Sweden, Helena Lindberg, said that “I am very happy to continue this joint long-term cooperation between our offices, it is a true peer-to-peer cooperation where staff from both our organisations learn from each other. I would also like to congratulate my colleague Mr Osmani to KNAO’s recent membership in European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) and I look forward to cooperating with NAO Kosovo both in the European forums of EUROSAI and in the global forums of International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI).

The Memorandum of Understanding for “Institutional Development Co-operation with the National Audit Office of Kosovo 2020-2023” has been produced in line with NAO’s strategic plans and objectives, with the long-term purpose to continue supporting KNAO in becoming a Supreme Audit Institution working in line with INTOSAI standards and principles (IFPP). It further defines two objectives for the coming three years, namely, to strengthen selected organisational processes promoting high quality work, and to strengthen the capacity to produce high quality performance audit reports that are useful for the relevant stakeholders.

Following the signing of MoU, the Steering Committee of the Cooperation Project composed of representatives of the National Audit Office of Kosovo and the Swedish NAO held its regular annual meeting. Representative of both supreme audit institutions discussed the level of implementation of the activity plan for 2020, the achievements and challenges of the project, as well as the expected results from the new agreement.

Partnership between NAO of Kosovo and the Swedish NAO dates back to 2011 when a Memorandum of Understanding on capacity development has been signed to support KNAO in fulfilling its mandate and becoming a sustainable supreme audit institution performing in line with international standards and good practices. This has been the most inclusive development project ever implemented in the NAO.

The international operations of the Swedish National Audit Office

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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Updated: 18 December 2020

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