The representatives of the Supreme Audit Institution and the Parliament of Georgia are visiting the State Audit Office for an exchange of experience on 1 April and 2 April 2019. The visit is aimed at strengthening the compliance of the operation of the Supreme Audit Institution of Georgia with International Standards on Auditing and best practices, as well as sharing the experience of the State Audit Office in cooperation with the Parliament.
“Good co-operation between the legislator and the Supreme Audit Institution is crucial because both parties share the need to take care of state property and finances in the interests of the population. Thanks to the co-operation with the State Audit Office, the legislator receives an independent, impartial expert opinion on how to ensure that the taxes paid by the population and other state property are used legally and efficiently, that is, in the interest of the public,” outlined Auditor General Elita Krūmiņa.
The delegation of the Supreme Audit Institution and Members of Parliament of Georgia will meet with the Public Expenditure and Audit Committee of the Saeima and be introduced to the experience of cooperation between the State Audit Office and the Saeima in the Red Hall of the Saeima at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 April 2019.
As the national law regulates the activities of Supreme Audit Institutions, it is vital that the legislator also understands the principles set out in the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions and takes informed decisions in the process of legislative changes. Thus, the representatives of the Parliament of Georgia have the opportunity to familiarise with the powers and aspects of communication of the State Audit Office, practical issues of auditing, and cooperation with the Saeima.
During the visit, the delegation of Georgia will also meet with the employees of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and discuss the issues of monitoring the financing of political parties, which is under the responsibility of the Supreme Audit Institution of Georgia.
The visit for an exchange of experience is organised within the framework of the project “Strengthening Institutional Capacity of the Supreme Audit Institution of Georgia” of the European Commission’s Development and Cooperation Program. The State Audit Office has been cooperating with colleagues from Georgia since 2010.