While further strengthening the capacity of the supreme audit institutions of the EU Eastern Partnership states, experts of the State Audit Office are on a visit to Georgia this week where they are conducting a training programme to the colleagues of the Supreme Audit Institution of Georgia. The key issues of the training are related to the field of audit quality control, audit planning, as well as the aspects of audits on annual reports.
Co-operation with the Supreme Audit Institution of Georgia was commenced in 2010 along with the signing of a co-operation agreement, whereas an active co-operation process aimed at the provision of support was started in 2015 through collaboration with the Supreme Audit Institution of the Kingdom of Sweden.
The training is implemented within the scope of the development co-operation project to strengthen the capacity of the supreme audit institutions of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia in the process of integrating the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI). It is planned to finish the implementation of the development co-operation project until the end of the year. Funding for its implementation was granted from the Development Co-operation Policy Plan 2018 administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The competence of the State Audit Office in conducting high-quality audits, implementation of recommendations, as well as collaboration with the Saeima and the Government has received international recognition. The aforementioned is also evidenced by the active involvement of the State Audit Office in a consortium of consultants from Germany – GFA Consulting Group GmbH and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit International Services (GIZ) GmbH as part of the project “Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Supreme Audit Institution of Georgia”.
International co-operation provides for the analysis of the legal framework in Georgia in respect of ensuring the independence of the supreme audit institution in order to ensure compliance with ISSAI 10 – Mexico Declaration on independence of the supreme audit institutions. What regards the fields of performance and financial audits, experts of the State Audit Office will focus on the compliance of the working methods applied by the Supreme Audit Institution of Georgia with international audit standards, as well as the planning and performance of audits, and support in the use of advanced technologies in the work of auditors will be provided for the improvement of the supervision process.