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The General Auditing Commission says its ultimate target is to hit3.7 mark after AFROSAI’s capacity assessment and evaluation, especially recent stakeholders’ engagements.Liberia’s Auditor-General Madam Yusador Saadatu Gaye describes stakeholders’ relation as a major component of the General Auditing Commission’s technical and professional service delivery to national government and the citizenry.

“The quest for more stakeholder engagements and interactions is imperative because of a host of internal and external factors”, she says, noting that certain institutional goals cannot be met, deliverables and successes achieved and status cannot be attained without actively and persistently working with actors that contribute to the growth and national development process of Liberia.AG Gaye made the assertion during a post-events news conference held Wednesday, 09 October at the GAC in Monrovia.

“For us to have these consultative workshops, one must thank the European Union (EU). Some of the things that helped us to get to this level, they are providing them”, she acknowledges.
She says based on AGROSAI-E Institutional Capacity Building Framework (ICBF) a Supreme Audit Institution or SAI’s ultimate level for achievement is Level-4 on which route the GAC currently treads.The Auditor-General says the GAC as a Supermen Audit Institution was lastly rated 2.9 at level 3 after the 2017 AFROSAI-Es capacity Assessment.

She notes that another justification for the stakeholders’ initiatives is to certify and meet the legitimate status for the AFROSAI-Es requirement for being an independent and autonomous Supereme Audit Institution, adding, “This means a SAI must have attained requirements and checklists of five thematic domains.They include Independent and legal Framework, organization and management; Human Resources, Audit Standards and Methodology, and Communication and Stakeholder Management, respectively.

Keep objectives are to inform and educate stakeholders of the GAC’s institutional challenges and successes, enhance GAC-stakeholders’ relations; fulfill and enhance the quality of GAC’s core values, initiate outreach plan, and integrate recommendations from stakeholders that directly support components of the GAC’s 2016-2020 Plan.
Meanwhile, AU stresses financial and operational independence of the General Auditing Commission for effective service delivery, which requires auditees working in line with UN Resolution 66.209. Story by Jonathan Browne

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