PR No.31 Pakistan And Turkey Enjoy Cordial Relations: Ishaq Dar Islamabad: April 4, 2016

A delegation from the Turkish Court of Accounts (TCA) comprising senior officers headed by Deputy President -TCA, Mr. Orhan Yasa, called on Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Finance Minister, here Monday.

Rana Asad Amin-Auditor General of Pakistan was also present.

Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Dar, while talking to the visiting delegates, stated that Pakistan has always attached great importance to its relations with Turkey. Pakistan and Turkey are brotherly Islamic Countries and have always enjoyed cordial relations, the Finance Minister added.

The Finance Minister observed that owing to the similar nature of functions and responsibilities and being potential regional partners, the Auditor General of Pakistan and Turkish court of Accounts should establish close liaison and support each other on all international fora. Mr. Ishaq Dar praised the initiative of the Turkish government to arrange a study visit for the senior management of the SAI Turkey. The Minister was of the view that such visits may enhance the level of technical and professional cooperation of the respective SAIs.

Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Dar, while drawing parallels between the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of both Pakistan and Turkey, said the both the SAIs are apex institutions viz-a-viz public accountability and transparency, and derive their independence and strength from their respective constitutions. Both the SAIs provide timely and reliable feedback to improve governance & strengthen accountability and act as a partner in achieving Good Governance in their own countries, he added.

The Finance minister opined that both SAI Pakistan and SAI Turkey are the members of International Organization like INTOSAL, ASOSAI and ECOSAI and can benefit each other through mutual exchange of professional knowledge & experience, besides, cooperation in multilateral international bodies, bilateral relations at the SAI level can help both the countries translate common challenges faced by them into opportunities, he added.

Mr. Orhan Yasa on the occasion said that visit to Pakistan was a great learning experience for the member of his delegation in the spheres of accounts and audit. The quality of work they had witnessed in AGP office was impressive. Such study tours should be held frequently, he said.