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ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 1 Macedonia: TWINNING experience Dr. Dragoljub Arsovski, General State Auditor Gerrit de Jong, NCA Board Member.

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1 ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 1 Macedonia: TWINNING experience Dr. Dragoljub Arsovski, General State Auditor Gerrit de Jong, NCA Board Member

2 2ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 This presentation covers: This presentation covers: Macedonia and SAO SAO mission, vision and strategy World Bank Development project Twinning concept Netherlands Court of Audit Vision and capacity building Twinning project between SAO and NCA

3 3ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 About Macedonia Central part of the Balkan Peninsula Total population is about 2 million Constituted as an independent, sovereign state in 1991 Transitional economy, with aspiration to become an EU member

4 4ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 The State Audit Office First government auditing bodies established after World War II SAO established in 1997 by the Parliament Started its operation at the beginning of 1999, with 9 employees

5 5ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 SAO mission Investigate the use of the state budget and all other public funds in terms of the regularity, efficiency and effectiveness Oversee the implementation of the public institution policies and react adequately Produce audit findings, opinions and recommendations on policy, organization and management

6 6ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 SAO vision “We wish to be effective and to live up to the standards the national and international society expects from us “

7 7ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 SAO Development Strategy Strengthen the position as national supreme audit institution (financial and functional independence) Be able to operate according to the international auditing standards

8 8ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 Exchange of knowledge and experience Exchange of knowledge and experience A member of INTOSAI and EUROSAI A member of EUROSAI WGEA Participation in INTOSAI, EUROSAI and IDI events Bilateral and multilateral co-operation with other SAIs, international organizations and institutions

9 9ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 World Bank development project World Bank development project 20 month project, funded by the Dutch government IBTC project manager- Mr. James R.Bonnell Results achieved: Training for the SAO staff; Training for the SAO staff; Introduction of new SAO organizational structure; Introduction of new SAO organizational structure; Performance Audit manual prepared; Performance Audit manual prepared; Audit reporting improved; Audit reporting improved; Exchanged experience with SAIs in the region Exchanged experience with SAIs in the region

10 10ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 Twinning concept (I) Why Twinning concept? Certain level of development has been achieved in SAO; Certain level of development has been achieved in SAO; Appropriate to present our practice to a highly developed sister institution and obtain suggestions for further development of our institution; Appropriate to present our practice to a highly developed sister institution and obtain suggestions for further development of our institution; Project activities and interventions are need- driven; Project activities and interventions are need- driven; Enables peer to peer relationships between colleagues at several levels. Enables peer to peer relationships between colleagues at several levels.

11 11ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 Twinning concept (II) Why Twinning with the Netherlands Court of Audit? Familiar with the NCA practice; Familiar with the NCA practice; NCA has proven its professional expertise and regional leadership NCA has proven its professional expertise and regional leadership Size of NCA Size of NCA EU member EU member Good relations between Macedonia and the Netherlands Good relations between Macedonia and the Netherlands

12 12ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 Netherlands Court of Audit High Council of State Independent: Constitution and Public Accounts Act NCA international projects Experience in EU candidate countries Experience in EU candidate countries Practical approach, on the job training, colleague to colleague, peer to peer Practical approach, on the job training, colleague to colleague, peer to peer ‘Giving and receiving’ ‘Giving and receiving’

13 13ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 Holistic approach Independence Mandate and scope Environment Vision, mission, strategy Organization, structure, steering Resources (HRM, ICT, Knowledge) Audit processes

14 14ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 Environment Parliament Ministry of Finance Central Government MediaSociety European Union

15 15ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 Project with SAO Size SAO, government, country Future member EU Focus on Western Balkan Relations Macedonia and the Netherlands

16 16ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 The Twinning project General objective Project organization Components Legal framework Legal framework Organizational and administrative capacities Organizational and administrative capacities Auditors Skills Enhancement Auditors Skills Enhancement IT and IT audit IT and IT audit

17 17ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 Experiences first year Experiences first year Start Seminar (October 2005) Several visits were made in line with the plan Two pilot-audits have just started An IT Self-assessment has been completed

18 18ICGFM Conference, Miami 2006 Expected outcome A strengthened position of SAO Clear mission, vision which is achievable Lessons learned from the pilots, training and membership committees IT-environment that supports the audit and management processes


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