New directorate general for audit of CPEC on cards

Audit dept undergoing extensive reforms to remain relevant with changing structure of govt

Irshad Ansari March 31, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The government is planning to establish a new directorate general for audit of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) Javaid Jehangir here on Sunday.

The auditor general made these remarks while addressing public accounts officers at the passing out ceremony of the 45th Specialised Training Programme of Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service.

He emphasised the need for modern skills and training to cater to the stakeholders’ expectations.

The AGP said the audit department was undergoing extensive reforms to remain relevant with the changing structure of the government, and new directorates-general for social safety nets audit, information system audit and environmental audit had been established from available resources.

He highlighted that the accountability role of the Pakistan Audit Department had been extensively enhanced and federal and provincial governments and ministries were continuously sending requests for special audit of various government organisations and projects.

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To meet the expectations of the executive, the department of AGP has developed its capacities in emerging areas of audit (forensic, environmental, information technology) and recently carried out various special audit assignments.

The AGP advised the passing-out officers that they, being young officers, were the future of Pakistan and had to lead the country to good governance by playing their role in financial accountability and transparency. He urged the officers to prepare themselves for emerging challenges with modern knowledge, skills and training.

He appreciated the role of Pakistan Audit and Accounts Academy in training new officers in areas of audit, accounts and financial management and for performing their role in financial accountability.

The event was attended by senior officers of Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service, passing-out officers and their parents.