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PR No. 173 VISIT OF SAI INDONESIA’S DELEGATION KEY TO PROMOTE BILATERAL RELATIONS: RANA ASSAD AMIN AN MOU BETWEEN BOTH THE SAIs IS UNDER PROCESS Islamabad, April 21, 2016

A delegation of Audit Board of Republic of Indonesia called on the Auditor General of Pakistan in Audit House here in Islamabad today. A six-Member delegation of Audit Board of Indonesia, headed by Chairman Mr. Harry Azhar Azis, has arrived in Pakistan on a three-day visit to Pakistan. Rana Assad Amin- Auditor General of Pakistan, while chairing a briefing has stated that, ‘‘The office of the Auditor General of Pakistan and Audit Board of Indonesia share the similarity of being very old and historical institutions carrying rich traditions. We understand that it is extremely important to further strengthen our relations so as to promote greater public accountability and transparency in our respective countries’’.

In his address to the Indonesian Delegation, Rana Assad Amin appreciated the endeavors of Audit Board of Indonesia to promote bilateral relations and technical cooperation between the two brotherly Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs). Rana Assad Amin further stated that both the SAIs were playing a vital role in promoting transparency and accountability through parliamentary oversight in both the countries. ‘‘Mutual interaction between representatives of both the SAIs will be instrumental in strengthening technical cooperation and professional expertise’’, Rana Assad Amin observed.

Mr. Muhammad Azhar, Director General (Budget and Administration), gave a presentation on the mandate, functions and working of the SAI, Pakistan. It was highlighted that an MOU between both the SAIs was under process that envisaged accelerating technical and professional mutual cooperation. The D.G briefed that during the last five years, Department of the Auditor General of Pakistan (DAGP), on average, credited Rs.48 billion annually to the public kitty against Rs. 2.48 billion spent on average annual basis. The delegates were informed that the (DAGP) added Rs. 17 to the national exchequer against each rupee spent on audit operations.

The Indonesian delegates informed that the Audit Board of Indonesia derives its authority from the Constitution of Indonesia. The Board, consisting of nine members, is established to audit state financial management and ensures accountability. The Chairman of the Board stated that SAI Indonesia takes pride in becoming the external auditor of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It will provide a high quality audit to promote accountability and transparency in IAEA’s roles for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science & technology for international peace and security as well as development.

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