Mauritius hosts 10th annual AFROSAI-E
The President of the Republic of Mauritius, Kailash Purryag officially launched the 10th annual meeting of the African Organisation of the English Speaking Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E) on Monday at Flic en Flac. The event is being held by the National Audit Office (NAO) in collaboration with AFROSAI-E and is being held from May 6 to 10. The theme is,‘Communication practices with Supreme Audit Institutions stakeholders’.
The President laid emphasis on the need for democratic accountability which he said is an essential characteristic to hold government institutions accountable. He insisted that the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) is central to hold values such as accountability as established by democracy.
Purryag recalled that the island adopted the principle of programme-based budgeting that was introduced to bring greater accountability in the sphere of public expenditure. He emphasized that these institutions not only seek to promote principles of good governance but also play an important role in upholding them.
He also pointed out that openness, transparency and accountability are the cornerstones of the audit sector, adding that the NAO of Mauritius is a pillar upon which the foundation of democracy is embedded.
The Director of the NAO, Dr Rajun Jugurnath, said that the world today is experiencing profound and complex changes. He underlined that Africa is one of the most promising regions in the world and its development is closely linked to the development of other continents. Therefore, Jugurnath called to adjust the economic structure in order to make development more cost-effective.
Some 24 auditors-general hailing from English and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa as well as delegates from Europe, Canada and representatives of World Bank are present at the event. Several sub-committees such as human resource, finance and audit will be set up during the meeting.