Two staff of the General Auditing Commission (GAC), Rosetta Briggs Cholopray, Acting Manager of Consolidated Public Account Department and James K. Jamah of Ministry Audit have returned to the country after a three-week long training seminar. The seminar which was organized and facilitated by the Japanese Audit Board in partnership with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) lasted from June 24 to July 14, 2012 at the Tokyo International Center in Tokyo, Japan.
The seminar on Government Audit of Public Construction Work was attended by eleven participants from nine countries. It included two females, one from Liberia and the other from Uganda. Afghanistan, Ghana, Iraq, Iran, Liberia, Nepal, Uganda, Vietnam and India were countries present at the seminar.
According to the participants, the workshop aimed at sharpening the skills of developing countries in building and maintaining modern structures, noting that auditing on construction can be done by any auditor who is trained in performance and regularity audit. The Japanese also shared their experiences in reconstruction after world war two and in the auditing of Public Construction.
The seminar which lasted for three weeks was conducted by nine facilitators and done in three phases, theory, practical and presentation. Topics covered were: Outline of the Board of Audit of Japan, Japanese Society, Culture, Economy, Politics and Government, History of Audits of Public Works, Implementation System of Audit of Public Works, Outline and Basic Principles of Public Works System (Civil Engineering), Outline and Basic Principle Works System (Construction) in Japan, Effectiveness of Auditing and Audit on Budget Execution.
Expressing thanks and appreciation to the Japanese Audit Board and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the opportunities given them, the two participants were quick to intimate that the knowledge acquired would be shared with their colleagues and the auditees in the areas of Public Construction so as to enhance the quality of work in public works auditing.
They further called on JICA and other international partners to continue their efforts in building the capacity of GAC employees as the institution strives to achieve its mandate of fighting fraud, waste and abuse.
However, this is not the first time for GAC Auditors to benefit from the Japanese Audit Board and Japanese International Cooperation Agency training program. Last year two auditors from the GAC benefited from the training program.