Deputy Chairperson commends the Board of External Auditors for exemplary work, as they complete their tenure.

Dates: 
June 06, 2018

Deputy Chairperson commends the Board of External Auditors for exemplary work, as they complete their tenure.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 6 June 2018:  The Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission Amb. Kwesi Quartey, today met with the Board of External Auditors to exchange views on how to promote good governance, accountability, transparency and improve the efficiency of the African Union. The Board of External Auditors independently conducts audits of the financial activities of the African Union Commission and Organs, as a means of supporting the Union in the delivery of its objectives, systematic improvement of its operations and enhanced internal control systems.

As the tenure of the current Board of External Auditors comes to an end, the Deputy Chairperson commended them for the quality of their work over the last four years, in conducting comprehensive reviews of the organization, noting that the audit reports have greatly impacted on the responsiveness of the African Union, as it seeks evidence-based approaches to address existing and emerging challenges. He stated. “the findings are quite important as a periodic performance and quality assessment, and fosters an enabling environment for effective service delivery to the African citizenry, this is key in the realization of the Africa we want.” He added that work of the auditors is also in line with the 2018 theme of the year on “winning the fight against corruption; a sustainable path towards Africa’s transformation”. We look forward to working with the incoming board.

The Board of External Auditors plays a crucial role in offering significant guidance on the prudent use of resources, which is an accountability mechanism and an assurance to member states and stakeholders, on the utilization and management of the organization’s resources. The audit is also key in the periodic risk assessment and for proper planning and effective response to emerging issues.

The Board submits its findings and recommendations to the Assembly of Heads of state and government, through the Advisory Sub-Committee on Administrative, Budgetary and Financial Matters.