African professionalisation initiative discussed at INTOSAI CBC and TFIAP
The AFROSAI-E Executive Secretariat had the opportunity to share their work in regional professionalisation at the recent INTOSAI Capacity Building
Committee (CBC) meeting held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC during September 2017. The presentation provided context to the work being performed by AFROSAI-E in partnership with the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) and the East and Southern African Association of Accountants General (ESAAG). This collaborative initiative aims to support professionalisation efforts across the African continent in both auditing and accounting in the public sector.
The presentation demonstrated the relevance of INTOSAI’s professionalisation efforts in the regional initiative, and supported the mantra of “global profession, local solution”. The importance of broader stakeholder collaboration was emphasised as a key enabler of successful professionalisation efforts. The AFROSAI-E presentation was followed by a case study on a professionalisation project in Zimbabwe, led by the Public Accounting and Auditors Board under the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Capacity Building Programme. AFROSAI-E is an active participant in the Zimbabwean project, which is also focused on both auditing and accounting in the public sector.
The Task Force for INTOSAI Auditor Professionalisation (TFIAP) meeting was held alongside the CBC meeting, and provided further opportunity to engage with accounting and auditing professionals from across the world. The meeting was attended by a diverse range of interested parties, including SAIs, INTOSAI regional organisations, IFAC, the International Accounting Education Standards Board and the Institute of Internal Auditors. AFROSAI-E participated actively in the meeting and emphasised the importance of partnering with professional accounting organisations, wherever possible, to support SAI professionalisation efforts. The team also highlighted the importance of thinking about professionalisation from both an organisational and educational standpoint.
AFROSAI-E is committed to continued participation in the work of the CBC and TFIAP and in ensuring alignment of the auditing components of the African professionalisation initiative to the INTOSAI competency framework for public sector audit professionals at SAIs.
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