The Auditor-General, Mrs. Lara Taylor-Pearce who doubles as Chairperson of the African Organisation of English-Speaking Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E) on 6th May 2019 addressed governing board members during the 16th AFROSAI-E Governing Board meeting in Maputo, Mozambique.
During the address, she encouraged her counterparts from 26 African countries to work towards influencing their governments for greater accountability. Mrs. Taylor-Pearce made this statement during the opening session of the 2019 Strategic Review meeting where she stated that the new wave of expectations from citizens has ultimately resulted in increasing public demand for greater transparency and accountability from their governments, and have driven their collective goal of being relevant, high performing SAIs in order for them to effectively play their parts in meeting these growing expectations.
She noted that during the Governing Board Meeting in 2018, they held extensive discussions on the Public Financial Management (PFM) Reporting Framework. “These discussions have resulted in excellent initiatives to strengthen our regional capacity on both of these issues, and if one looks at the tangible outcomes that stem from our annual gatherings, it is clear that there is great value in us discussing and agreeing on these issues of regional importance”.
The Auditor-General informed her counterparts that her office became the centre of attention after a just concluded technical audit which was the result of a cooperative exercise between her office and three SAIs in the region (Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana). She then used the opportunity to publicly thank the Auditors-General from Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania for their support in carrying out the successful technical audit in her country.
Mrs. Taylor-Pearce pointed out that as Auditors-General, they have the opportunity to meaningfully discuss how they can make their voices louder to ensure that they are heard. She further highlighted that with the unwavering support from their peer-SAIs, the AFROSAI-E Secretariat, partners and the donor community, they have seen remarkable improvements in the past 16 years to strengthen their individual and regional capacities.
She said that the Institutional Capacity Building Framework (ICBF) has been at the heart of their capacity building approach for more than a decade, and they have the opportunity to harness its potentials to an even greater extent as a measurement for outcomes at SAI level. Donor institutions that have been supporting the AFROSAI-E and the SAIs also attended the meeting.