COMESA Develops an External Audit Framework

Lusaka, Tuesday, March 13, 2018: COMESA has developed a new framework for external audit of the organization’s Secretariat and its institutions. The framework was adopted by Auditors General from 15 of the 19 COMESA Member States at a 3-day meeting in Lusaka, Zambia from 6 to 9 March 2018.

This development follows a decision of the COMESA Council of Ministers in November 2017 that also directed the Auditor Generals to develop a road map on the operationalization of the framework. The Draft Road Map will be then be submitted to the Bureau of the Council of Ministers for consideration.

Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe participated in the meeting.

In a statement presented at the meeting, COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya appreciated the commitment of the Member States in their oversight role demonstrated in the development process of the audit framework saying:

“Audits play a role in upholding good governance and providing assurance to the public which enables both Member States and Cooperating Partners to continue providing resources required to deliver on the objectives of COMESA.”

The meeting was chaired by the Chief Auditor of Madagascar Mr. Gosteur Rabeafara.

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