HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani inaugurated the 13th session of the General Assembly of the Arab Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (Arabosai) at the Doha Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
The opening ceremony was attended by heads of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) from Arab countries, representatives of regulatory organisations and guests.
HE the President of the State Audit Bureau Sheikh Bandar bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani delivered a speech on the occasion, explaining that the State Audit Bureau adopted a consistent reform and development approach to embody Qatar’s policy under the leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
He pointed out that this approach extended to include the institutional, organisational and professional aspects of its work and led in a short period to enhancing the status of the Bureau within the institutional fabric of Qatar as an independent body to ensure the protection of public funds and work in order to strengthen the pillars of good governance in the country, while committing to the utmost objectivity and quality requirements of international professional standards.
HE Sheikh Bandar bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani said that when the State Audit Bureau assumes the presidency of the Arabosai organisation during the next three years, it intends to adopt projects and development initiatives that contribute to consolidate the gains achieved by the organisation. This is based on its belief in the importance of the value of the culture of reform and development in improving the institutional performance, he said, stressing that he is counting on the support of the heads of the SAIs members and their understanding about their organisation.
HE Sheikh Bandar bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani said that the convening of the General Assembly of Arabosai is the culmination of the progress of its activity during the past three years and an occasion to identify the achievements made for the benefit of the SAIs members in areas related to capacity-building. It’s an opportunity to adopt future directions and programmes that will improve the performance of the organisation and increase the value of the services it provides to them, he added.
HE the President of the State Audit Bureau said that the organisation’s position as an independent professional body supporting the SAIs in the Arab countries has continued over the years thanks to the efforts made to develop its profession, which is clear through the programmes that have become more consistent with the actual needs of development and reform and more responsive to emerging issues and challenges faced by SAIs.
He pointed out that the increasing international interest in the importance of the roles played by the SAIs in the fields related to promoting accountability, transparency and integrity, protecting public funds, establishing trust in public institutions, the rule of law and achieving sustainable development goals stems from the pivotal position of these bodies within the institutional fabric of states, and, in turn, places significant responsibilities on them to meet the expectations of the relevant parties, including the higher authorities, regulated bodies, the media and the public.
HE Sheikh Bandar bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani referred to the proposal of the State Audit Bureau which as adopted by Arabosai that the theme of the scientific symposium accompanying the meetings of the General Assembly should be on the subject of development projects of the SAIs, which the SAIs recognise their responsibilities require the adoption of development projects and initiatives aimed at establishing comprehensive institutional, organisational and professional reform in accordance with the requirements of international standards and professional practices.
He expressed his conviction that the 13th session of Arabosai will reach resolutions and recommendations that contribute to enhancing the capacities and performance of the SAIs and to strengthen their position as role models, and wished the session success and further co-operation and partnership between the SAIs at the Arab and international levels.
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